Talk about skyrockets in flight afternoon delight! I think I've mentioned before that I'm a bit in love with aloes and their super cool flowers. Something about the plant architecture and design aesthetic of the aloe form just speaks to me. Here we have another fav aloe of mine...Aloe ferox also referred to as the Cape Aloe or Bitter Aloe. This fashionable aloe comes to us from South Africa. Its majestic rosette of lance-like leaf and teeth will take you to another dimension come late winter/early spring when it blooms. Aloe ferox loves to outfit itself with glorious candelabras of red-orange rocket spikes packed with blazing blooms that sizzle with style. I haven't seen anything quite like it. So vibrant. So hot!
Check out that contrast of 'fire' and sky. Simply gorgeous! It's almost as if this aloe is sending up signal flares for spring to get here...and to make it snappy. Aloe ferox is considered a tree aloe. It grows as a solitary rosette with leaves up to 3 feet long. As it matures, the rosette rises on a trunk up to 12 feet tall. It takes on a palm tree look, very structural and strong. When it blooms it sends up multi-stemmed branches holding 5 to 8 flower spikes that'll bring the bees, the hummingbirds, and the beauty. Aloe ferox is great for dry gardens and looks super chic in large containers. It loves full sun, well-draining soil, low water, and is hardy to around 25 degrees fahrenheit/-3 degrees celsius. Hmmm. Now imagine using one of these candelabras in a cut flower arrangement or on its own. That would make a serious statement. Fashionable flower ferocity indeed!