Aloe arborescens

Aloe arborescens

Torch aloe

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Aloe arborescens
  • Common name: Torch aloe
  • Plant type: Cactus or succulent

Height: 4m

Spread: 2m

Flower colour:
  • Red
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Dramatic foliage

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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. 

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Hardiness: Tender
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: Purgative if ingested

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