Good day, one of the most iconic South African aloes, the Aloe marlothii, is poised to start blooming any day now.
- The Mountain Aloe is a single-stemmed, upright aloe with a height of 2 – 3m and a single wide and imposing rosette. The leaves are grey green in colour with reddish brown spines along the margins and randomly on other parts of the leaf.
- The persistent older leaves form a skirt around the trunk which protects the plant from grazing animals and the heat. Flowering takes place from May to September and the colour is typically bright orange red, but can vary from yellow to red.
- This is an extremely hardy plant that can tolerate heat, cold and drought conditions. This Aloe adapts to many climatic conditions and will grow easily and with very little care in most South African gardens.
- In nature Mountain aloes are found mainly in bushveld areas, especially along mountainous areas and rocky terrains, but are distributed through most of the provinces of South Africa.