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Aloe bainesii

Tree aloe

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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen tree

Flower colour

Orange

Hardiness

Tender

Skill level

Beginner

photo by bbc.co.uk/gardening

Plant details

In its native climes of South Africa, this slow-growing tree aloe can reach to an astonishing 18m (54ft) high. Its fleshy leaves, ridged with sharp teeth, give it a strange, slightly reptilian look. Although this plant isn't hardy enough to survive the year in an English garden, this dramatic desert plant is a very easy choice for a houseplant. Given a bright windowsill, gritty compost and only very occasional watering, the plant will be more than happy, perhaps even rewarding you with orange, poker-like flowers in summer.

Family: Liliaceae

Genus: Aloe

Species: bainesii

Plant type: Evergreen tree

Flower colour: Orange

Foliage colour: Light green

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 18000cm

Spread: 1000cm


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