Unknown aloe

best_botanistDecember 26, 2006

got it for a quarter

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aloe malothi

    Bookmark   December 26, 2006 at 2:09PM
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borrego(Z 10 L.A. Cal.)

Based on photo, it is definitely an aloe, but I am hesitant to name it. Coming from Walmart, it could be almost anything.
Just my .02 worth.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2006 at 8:19PM
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The plant looks like a very young specimen of either Aloe ferox or Aloe marlothii (named after Dr H. W. Rudolph Marloth, a famous South African botanist). You may have to wait until it flowers to make an exact determination.
A. ferox and marlothii reach 2 to 4 or 5 metres height so I suspect that unless you can plant the thing in the ground you may never know. I have an A. marlothii about 5m tall in my front garden. That plant first flowered when it was about 1-1.5m tall.

    Bookmark   January 1, 2007 at 7:14PM
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