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Botanical Name: Aloe ferox
Common Name(s): Bitter Aloe
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
Common Pests and Diseases
Fungi, scale and aphids.
Occurs on mountain slopes, in dry areas in the Karoo, also found in the Eastern Cape.
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.
Afri: Bitteralwyn, Bergalwyn.
A. ferox is wind tolarant and is suitable for coastal gardens.
Plant in sandy-loam soil that has good water drainage.
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.
2m * 1m
A. ferox can reach 5m
Sandy , Loam
Uses in landscape design
Use as a focal point or in waterwise garden.
Attracts birds, bees and other insects. Aloe ferox provides shelter for small creatures like insects.