Aloe ferox, also known as Cape Aloe or Bitter Aloe, is a succulent plant that is native to South Africa. It is found in the Cape region, particularly in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal provinces.
In its natural habitat, Aloe ferox can grow up to 10 feet in height on a trunk, with a spread of about 6 feet in diameter. However, when grown as a potted plant, it tends to stay smaller, reaching a height of 2 to 4 feet.
Aloe ferox is a hardy plant and can tolerate a wide range of temperatures. It is adapted to hot, dry climates, but can also survive in cooler temperatures. It is tolerant of frost, but not prolonged periods of freezing temperatures. In general, Aloe ferox is considered hardy to USDA Zones 9-11, which correspond to minimum average winter temperatures of 20 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit. If grown in colder climates, it is best to provide some protection from freezing temperatures, such as by bringing the plant indoors or covering it with a frost cloth.
Aloe ferox produces striking orange or red flowers on tall stalks that can reach up to 10 feet in height. The flowers typically appear in the winter, from May to July in its native range. The flowers are attractive to birds and insects, which are important for pollination.
Aloe design and application suggestions:
The Aloe family is vast. Some aloes are small and solitary. Some aloes are small and make colonies. Some aloes can grow tall on a trunk and look tree-like. Some aloes have red leaves when stressed. The “blue elf” aloe has bluish leaves. Aloes bloom from November through March here in North America. The flower stalks vary in color from orange, red and yellow.
There is an aloe for any design idea you may have. The aloe family makes a very interesting low maintenance container plant that tolerates a wide range of lighting conditions. Aloes will be happy on a window sill or in a sunroom, bright room or patio setting. In the landscape, Aloes can deal with part shade or full sun. We recommend covering aloes in areas where the night time temperatures get below freezing although we offer some aloes that are reliably hardy to the mid twenties at night. It is always better to cover frost sensitive plants.
Why purchase our Aloes?
Our Aloes are grown right here in Southern Arizona. The climate here is very close to their native habitats in Southern Africa. Raised outdoors with just the right amount of water and fertilizer, they come to you in their natural form. These plants do not come to you from a greenhouse. They are already hardy to whatever growing conditions you have to offer. Our Aloes present the same appearance as you will find them in their native habitats.
If you want to plant them in a container for a sunroom, patio or window planter, great! If you want to take your new aloes and plant them in the ground, also great! No acclimation needed. Our plants are ready to go!
Reliable packaging and shipping
We strive to offer the most healthy cacti and succulents you can find anywhere that are shipped right to your door. Our plants are professionally packaged with expertise honed by shipping amazing plants to customers like you for over 20 years. Our packaging process ensures a bare minimum of damaged orders. All of our plants are wrapped in bubble wrap and tape, which should not be taken off until your plant is in its final home. The bubble wrap offers you and the plant additional protection while planting. All of our plants are shipped bare root.