AVERAGE SIZE (H) x (W): 2m x 1m
FLOWERING TIME:   J F M A M J J A S O N D
FRUITING TIME:   J F M A M J J A S O N D
A single-stemmed succulent tree/shrub with dull grey-green leaves edged with reddish-brown teeth and usually bearing scattered reddish spines over both leaf surfaces. The flower heads are branched with orange, red or yellow flower spikes carried horizontally.ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS:
Attracts nectar feeding birds such as sunbirds, mousebirds and bulbuls.
The bark may be excavated to create nesting sites for birds.
Bushveld, country, formal, grassland, succulent, woodland
A wonderful focal plant for a rockery.
The inflorescence is branched into 20-30 racemes. The racemes are usually distinctly horizontal. The KwaZulu-Natal form may be confused with A. ferox as the racemes appear erect but at a slight angle. The flowers are usually bright orange-red, but vary from bright red to yellow.
The leaves are broad, dull green to greyish-green with dark spines along the margins. Spines are usually also present on the upper and especially lower surfaces of the leaves. Dry leaves are persistent on the lower parts of the stem.