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Botanical name

Aloe ferox

Plant Care




May June July August September

Common name(s)

Bitter Aloe


Uses in landscape design

Use as a focal point or in waterwise garden.

Drought tolerance


Planting instructions

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


September October November

Soil conditions

Sandy , Loam

Growth rate


Wildlife attractions

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

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.

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.

Possible problems

Aloe ferox will hybridise with other aloes.

Common pests and diseases

Fungi, scale and aphids.

Other languages

Afri: Bitteralwyn, Bergalwyn.
IsiXhosa: umhlaba.
IsiZulu: iNhlaba.
Sesotho: Hlaba

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.

Growth habit

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

Plant features

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

May June July August September

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