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Aloe marlothii

Family: Asphodelaceae (Aloe family)

Common names: Mountain Aloe, Flat-flowered Aloe (E); Bergallwyn (A);

Native to: Southern Africa
Shrub, Succulent, Tree

Aloe marlothii

EVERGREEN

FULL SUN

FROST HARDY

LOW WATER REQUIREMENTS

FAST GROWER

ATTRACTS BIRDS

ATTRACTS INSECTS

FLOWER COLOUR:

AVERAGE SIZE:

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

Aloe marlothii

DESCRIPTION

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.

WILDLIFE & ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS
Attracts nectar feeding birds such as sunbirds, mousebirds and bulbuls.
The bark may be excavated to create nesting sites for birds.
WATER REQUIREMENTS
Water moderately.
MAINTENANCE
Low maintenance.
LANDSCAPING USES
A wonderful focal plant for a rockery.
GARDEN THEMES
Bushveld, Country, Formal, Grassland, Succulent, Woodland
FLOWERS
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.
FOLIAGE
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.
FRUIT
SEED
SPINES
PESTS & DISEASES
CAUTION
The spines on the sides and surface of the leaves can be hazardous.

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