Friday, September 20, 2013

Aloe ferox - Cape Aloe

General Information
Common Name Cape Aloe
Scientific Name Aloe ferox
Sun Tolerance Full Sun
Height 2 – 3 m (6 - 8 ft)
Spread 1.2 – 1.8 m (4 - 6 ft
Growth Rate Slow
Bloom Time Winter
Color Green
Flower Color Red, Orange, White
Type Cactus & Succulents
Native Africa
Classification
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida – Monocotyledons
Subclass Liliidae
Order Liliales
Family Aloaceae – Aloe family
Genus Aloe L. – aloe
Species A. ferox

Aloe ferox - Cape Aloe
Aloe ferox commonly known as Cape Aloe. It is well known as Aloe Vera. Aloe ferox is native to southern of Africa. It is usually found in mountainous areas where it favors exposed ridges and rocky grass fields. This is an evergreen slow growing plant that grows to 2 – 3 m (6 – 8 ft). The leaves are a dull green, sometimes with a slightly blue look to them. Each leaf can be up to 1 m long. They may also have a reddish tinge. It blooms in winter. The flowers color is red, orange or white with cylindrical shape. All plant of this species is also relatively popular among gardeners and has been studied for possible medical uses. Aloe has a great medic value. For hundreds of years “Alo Jel” used for Skin care products. Aloe ferox plants are propagated mainly from seed and head cuttings, with plants sowed with approximately one meter separations. When it planted from seeds it takes about 4 to 5 years for the plants to reach the first harvest. At harvest time each leaf reached up to 1-2 Kg at weight. 


Aloe ferox - Cape Aloe

Aloe ferox - Cape Aloe

Aloe ferox - Cape Aloe : Flower

Aloe ferox - Cape Aloe : Flowers

Aloe ferox - Cape Aloe : Flowers

Aloe ferox - Cape Aloe : Flowers

Aloe ferox - Cape Aloe

Aloe ferox - Cape Aloe


Aloe ferox - Cape Aloe

Aloe ferox - Cape Aloe


Aloe ferox - Cape Aloe

3 comments:

Diana Studer said...

are these photos all from the same photographer?

Aloe ferox, is not Aloe vera.

Diana Studer said...

https://www.flickr.com/photos/gbaku/613479677
I've found the one with the road winding in the background.

Near Cango Caves, South Africa
Photo taken July 3, 1979. The plant is Aloe ferox (thanks to Tony from Sydney for the identification - photographer John Atherton

Maikit said...

first photo is fake.

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