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Botanical Name: Aloe speciosa
Common Name(s): Tilt-Head Aloe
As the common name, Tilt-headed Aloe describes, Aloe speciosa will tilt the head of its rosette towards the direction it receives the most sunlight.
Synonym: Aloe hexapetala
Botanical Pronunciation: AL-oh spee-see-OH-suh
Semi Frost Hardy
Common Pests and Diseases
Prone to rust, treat with copper-oxychloride
Occurs in dry river bed valleys, on mountain slopes and flats. Found from the Western Cape to the Eastern Cape.
The head of the rosette is tilted in the direction it recieves the most sunlight.
Interesting Planting Ideas
Add A. speciosa 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: Spaansaalwyn, Slaphoringaalwyn. Xhosa: ikhala
Aloe speciosa is a evergreen succulent tree that is frost tender. It is multi or single stemmed and is wind tolarant and suitable for coastal gardens.
Plant in well draining, sandy loam, fertile soil with added bone-meal and mulch with compost.
Aloe speciosa will hybridise with other species.
Treat the seeds with fungicide to prevent damping off. 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 3cm in height.
3-6 meter *
Sandy , Loam , Well drained , Fertile , Enriched
The leaves can be used to dye wool pink.
Uses in landscape design
Use as a focal point or in waterwise garden.
Attracts sunbirds, bees, ants and butterflies.