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Aloe ferox var. marlothii VARIEGATED 7431

Aloe ferox var. marlothii VARIEGATED 7431

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Aloe ferox var. marlothii, also known as the Mountain Aloe, is a striking and robust succulent plant native to Southern Africa. This variety is well-regarded for its impressive size and ornamental qualities.

  1. Appearance: It features a large, single stem that can grow up to 10 feet (3 meters) tall, topped with a dense rosette of fleshy, green leaves. The leaves are broad and have a distinctive blue-green color, often with a reddish tinge on the edges and armed with sharp, reddish-brown spines.

  2. Flowers: One of its most remarkable features is the spectacular flowering stalk it produces, which can be up to 4 feet (1.2 meters) tall. The flowers are tubular, bright orange or red, and bloom in the winter to early spring, attracting various bird species, especially sunbirds.

  3. Growth Habit: It has a slow to moderate growth rate and tends to be solitary, not producing offsets as frequently as some other aloe species.

Cultivation

  1. Light: Prefers full sun, which encourages robust growth and flowering.

  2. Soil: Requires well-drained soil, typical for succulents. It's tolerant of a range of soil types as long as they drain well.

  3. Watering: As a drought-tolerant plant, it requires minimal watering. Overwatering can lead to root rot, so it's important to let the soil dry out between waterings.

  4. Climate: Hardy and adaptable, it can tolerate both hot and cooler temperatures but not freezing conditions. Ideal for USDA Zones 9-11.

  5. Uses: Its striking appearance makes it a popular choice for rock gardens, succulent collections, or as a dramatic focal point in a xeriscape garden. It is also cultivated for its medicinal properties, similar to Aloe vera.

Aloe ferox var. marlothii is valued not only for its dramatic appearance and low-maintenance needs but also for its ecological importance as a source of nectar for birds and insects during its flowering season.

 

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