Aloe ferox

Botanical Name: Aloe ferox

Common Name(s): Bitter Aloe

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Description:

Aloe ferox is a single stemmed tree and can reached heights of 5 meter. Aloe ferox is indigenous, evergreen and water wise. The spines on the leaves are reddish in colour.

Family: Aloe ferox

Botanical Pronunciation: AL-oh FER-oks

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Frost Hardy
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Indigenous
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Low Maintenance
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Full Sun
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Low Watering

Common Pests and Diseases

Fungi, scale and aphids.

Drought Tolerance

High

Flowers


May
June
July
August
September

Foliage


Fruit


September
October
November

Growth Habit

Occurs on mountain slopes, in dry areas in the Karoo, also found in the Eastern Cape. 

Growth Rate

Slow

Interesting Info

Aloe ferox is among the tallest of all the Aloes. The dead and dried leaves that stay on the stem is called petticoat.

 

Interesting Planting Ideas

Add A. ferox to a wild life garden, as a focal point on a rockery or on slopes. Plant along side other indigenous and water wise plants.

Origin

South Africa

 

Other Languages

Afri: Bitteralwyn, Bergalwyn.

IsiXhosa: umhlaba.

IsiZulu: iNhlaba.

Sesotho: Hlaba

Plant Features

A. ferox is wind tolarant and is suitable for coastal gardens.

Planting Instructions

Plant in sandy-loam soil that has good water drainage.

Possible Problems

Aloe ferox will hybridise with other aloes.

Seed Sowing Instructions

Sow seeds in seeding trays and cover with sand. The soil must be well draining and carefull not to over water as the seedlings will rot. Seedlings can be transplanted in to bigger containers once they reach 4cm in  height.

Size

2m * 1m

A. ferox can reach 5m

Soil Conditions

Sandy , Loam

Uses in landscape design

Use as a focal point or in waterwise garden.

 

Wildlife Attractions

Attracts birds, bees and other insects. Aloe ferox provides shelter for small creatures like insects.

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