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Unknown aloe

Posted by best_botanist (My Page) on
Tue, Dec 26, 06 at 3:41

got it for a quarter

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RE: Unknown aloe

aloe malothi

RE: Unknown aloe

  • Posted by borrego Z 10 L.A. Cal. (My Page) on
    Sun, Dec 31, 06 at 20:19

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.

RE: Unknown aloe

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.

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