Aloe marlothii A. Berger
Aloe ferox var. xanthostachys
Aloe supralaevis var. hanburyi
Flat-flowered Aloe, Bergaalwyn
This hearty aloe grows to 12-18' (3.7-5.5 m) in height. It is a South African native.
Identification: This large aloe has a single stem, and is 6½-13' (2-4 m) tall. Leaves are gray-green to bluish-green, up to 5' (1.5 m) × 10" (25 cm) in size, broader than those of many aloes and tapering to a sharp tip. Maroon-colored teeth with orange tips occur along the leaf margins, and the leaf surfaces have spines. The brilliant flower clusters, varying from yellow to orange or bright red, are its standout feature. A variant, Aloe spectabilis, is no longer considered a distinct species.
Edibility: Poisonous. Some parts of this plant are toxic.
Aloe marlothii on the South African National Biodiversity Institute's web site, plantzafrica.com
Aloe marlothii on Desert-tropicals.com
Aloe marlothii on Wikipedia
Aloe marlothii at the Kew Royal Botanic Gardens
Aloe marlothii on Succulents.co.za
Aloe marlothii from Made-in-Afrika
Aloe marlothii description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.
Range: Zones 9a-11: