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Aloe arborescens

Candelabra Aloe

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Candelabra aloe (Aloe arborescens) is native to South Africa's Cape Province, north to Zimbabwe and Malawi, where it flourishes on rocky outcrops and stony ridges. It was originally planted there as security fencing around kraals, or livestock enclosures. Its unique silhouette—brilliant, tall, orange-red racemes of flower—and habit of blooming in winter, when there is often little color, are most likely the reasons that it's the most planted aloe in the world. Arborescens means tree-like; this species of aloe reaches 10 feet in height. Its multiple stems support large numbers of blue-green, fleshy rosettes with leaves that have soft teeth along the edges. The succulent leaves contain a pulp that is as effective medicinally as the pulp in the other more well-known species, Aloe vera. The pulp is known to soothe the skin, especially from burning and redness, and has many other therapeutic uses. The nectar-filled flowers rise from the rosettes, attracting bees, birds, and butterflies.

Plant Shape
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Bloom Time
January - February, September - October, November - December
Bloom Color
Red, Yellow
Landscape Use
Bedding or Border, Specimen Plant
Wildlife Interest
Attracts Birds, Attracts Butterflies, Resistant To Deer
Plant Type
Hardiness Zone
9 - 11