Aloe is a genus containing about 500 species of flowering succulent plants. The most common and well known of these is Aloe vera, or "true aloe". The genus is native to Africa, and is common in South Africa's Cape Province, the mountains of tropical Africa, and neighbouring areas such as Madagascar, the Arabian peninsula, and the islands of Africa. Most Aloe species have a rosette of large, thick, fleshy leaves. The leaves are often lance-shaped with a sharp apex and a spiny margin. Aloe flowers are tubular, frequently yellow, orange, pink or red, and are borne, densely clustered and pendant, at the apex of simple or branched, leafless stems.
Aloe vaombe (Malagasy Tree Aloe) – Beautiful large unbranched succulent to 12 feet tall or more with large solitary rosettes up to 5 feet across of recurved long smooth green leaves that have whitish teeth. These leaves are cupped-shaped in cross section and take on rich red tones in winter. The fiery red flowers are borne in erect branched racemes in mid-winter.
USDA Zone - 11
Season to sow - Spring
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