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Aloe ferox

   (Family: Aloaceae)
Afrikaans: Bitteraalwyn, Bergaalwyn, Kaapse aalwyn English: Bitter Aloe, Red Aloe Xhosa: iKhala, unhlaba  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Shrub
Height: 2 - 3m
Special properties:
  Drought Resistant (light)
  Has Medicinal Uses
Rarity Status:
Preferred position:
Full Sun
Tolerated soil:  
pH: neutral
Flowering time EDIT
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flower colours
  Flower info
  Yellowy-orange to bright red flowers are arranged in erect, candle-shaped clusters.
Leaf shape EDIT
Leaf margin
Leaf type
Leaf arrangement
Leaf texture Smooth
  Leaf info EDIT
  The broad, fleshy leaves are dull green or reddish-green, with dark brown spines along the edges and sometimes on the lower surface.
  Seed info EDIT
Description EDIT
This aloe is a robust plant with persistant dry leaves on the lower portion of the single stem.
Growing EDIT
Distribution EDIT
Widely distributed along the eastern parts of South Africa.
History EDIT
Cape aloes is still an important commercial laxative medicine.
The larger part of the annual production is exported, but substantial quantities are marketed and used locally.

The leaves or roots, boiled in water, are taken as a laxative, but also for arthritis, eczema, conjunctivitis, hypertension and stress.

The bitter yellow juice which exudes from just below the surface of the leaf is dried by age-old method to form a dark brown resinous solid, known commercially as aloe lump or Cape aloes.

Aloe gel, which originates from the inner fleshy part of the leaf is used in hair and skin care products.
Ecology EDIT
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