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Aloe arborescens

Torch aloe

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Plant type

Evergreen tree

Flower colour




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Alœ arborescens

Plant details

The torch aloe, Aloe arborescens, is native to Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa. It bears dense rosettes of succulent, toothed, sword-shaped leaves, from which tall,torch-like red flowers – similar to kniphofia – appear in summer.

For best results grow Aloe arborescens in cactus compost in a large container and water sparingly. Stop watering altogether between September and March. It's best suited to growing as a houseplant in the conservatory or greenhouse, but it can be moved to a sheltered, sunny patio in summer.

Aloe arborescens is unlikely to flower in Britain. 

Family: Liliaceae

Genus: Aloe

Species: arborescens

Plant type: Evergreen tree

Flower colour: Red

Foliage colour: Light green

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 400cm

Spread: 200cm

Flowering period: May to June

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