Plant of the Month
Photos: Rachel Cobb
and Herb Knufken
Common Name: Candelabra Aloe
Origin: Southern Africa
Features/Uses: Showy orange flower spikes are produced in spectacular candelabra fashion in mid-winter. As a bonus hummingbirds love the blooms. The striking gray green foliage grows in dense rosettes. Candelabra aloes are tough landscape plants that tolerate drought and poor soils. These large shrubs can be used for a wide range of landscape purposes as specimens to background plants and screens. This aloe is widely used in the Orient to treat burns, sunburn, etc.
Growth habit: Dense shrubs growing up to 8-10 feet tall.
Bloom Time: Mid-winter
Cultural Requirements:This is one of the easiest to grow landscape plants. It propagates from cuttings simply stuck in the ground. It prefers well-drained soils and is quite tolerant of poor sandy soils. It is drought tolerant, but grows faster and looks better with some additional watering, but it really doesn’t need much water.
Where in the Garden: Old World Desert, Hamilton Children’s Garden (yellow flower form)
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