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Aloe arborescens

Torch aloe

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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen tree

Flower colour

Red

Hardiness

Tender

Skill level

Beginner

photo by bbc.co.uk/gardening

Plant details

This Aloe is often named 'torch aloe', after the large, red, torch-like flowers, which appear in contrast with dense rosettes of succulent, toothed, sword-shaped leaves. Native to Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa, it is best grown in a conservatory, temperate greenhouse or very sheltered spot on a sunny patio and brought indoors over winter. It is not guaranteed to flower in Britain.

Family: Liliaceae

Genus: Aloe

Species: bainesii

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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