Our Aloe free comes in a 2 litre nursery bag.
Endemic to South Africa, Aloe ferox has a distribution that includes the Eastern Cape, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape. She has fleshy, succulent leaves with spines along the edges and lower surface. She flowers from from May to August, later if cold, with bright red or orange candle-shaped flowers. The flowers contain nectar, attracting many birds, especially sunbirds, and insects as pollinators.
Aloe ferox is one of the best known South African plants for her medicinal uses for which the inner leaf juice/gel, bitter yellow latex from outer leaf and roots are used.
Aloe ferox is moistening, cooling, soothing, cleansing, protecting, (purging). She is wound healing, softening, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial. The latex is strongly laxative and it is not advised to be used without the guidance of a health practitioner.
Traditionally, the leaf gel or sliced leaf was applied topically for wounds, burns, eczema, abrasions, bruises. Orally, she was taken for stomach ache, poor appetite, colitis, constipation, arthritis, hypertension, stress.
Modern use has not changed much aside from the fact she is now a common addition to cosmetics and tonic drinks.
Aloes grow well in wide variety of habitats, from rocky hill slopes to semi-deserts to the Cape's fynbos region. They like full sun, well-drained compost-enriched sandy soil. Aloes can be propagated from seeds and cuttings, but be careful to not overwater cuttings, as this may cause them to rot. Aloes also hybridise easily with other aloes flowering at the same time.
Aloe ferox is widely distributed and cultivated. She is a popular garden plant that enjoys no conservation concerns.
Please note, pot not included.
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