• Aloe marlothii
  • Aloe marlothii
  • Aloe marlothii
  • Aloe marlothii

Aloe marlothii

Mountain Aloe, Tree Aloe, Spiny Aloe, Flat Flowered Aloe
Size: ex 1.5L pot - Large plants

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£16.99

Quick Overview

  • Cold-tolerant half-hardy Aloe
  • Stout arborescent habit
  • Woody trunk
  • Drought tolerant
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Description

Aloe marlothii, Mountain Aloe, is a robust arborescent Aloe from Southern Africa that can grow to at least 4m in its native range. In cultivation in the UK, its growth is somewhat more limited. Cold-tolerant and capable of shrugging off a a few degrees of frost, it is nonetheless not full hardy and therefore can only be grown in very favoured southerly locations or - for most of us - in a large container that is then brought in to a cool greenhouse or conservatory during the winter months. Kept completely dry during winter, it is a sensible precaution to keep it warm under horticultural fleece even when under glass. By March, watering can slowly and cautiously begin again and it responds well to an occasional weak liquid feed during the growing season with watering gradually diminishing through September and stopping altogether by mid-October.

Aloe marlothii has large spiny leaves atop a stout single trunk. It is a handsome plant, very similar in the appearance of the foliage to Aloe ferox. It is not however, a plant that can be grown by everybody: its half-hardy nature and large stature requires a specific type of microclimate, a sheltered sunny aspect and a well-drained substrate within a favourable geographical zone. Planting it in a large container is similarly a challenge as such a container has to be moved in to a frost-free environment in the winter and eventually, as it grows, it will demand a large space. Recommended for the dedicated and experienced collector of the rare and exotic who has space to house it. Of course, if you live on the coast or near a tidal estuary in Devon or Cornwall, you may well be emboldened to experiment...

Additional Information

Order Asparagales
Family Asphodelaceae
Sub-Family Asphodeloideae
Synonyms Aloe candelabrum A.Berger [Illegitimate] Synonym H WCSP Aloe ferox var. galpinii (Baker) Reynolds Synonym L WCSP Aloe ferox var. incurva Baker Synonym L WCSP Aloe ferox var. subferox (Spreng.) Baker Synonym L WCSP Aloe galpinii Baker Synonym H WCSP Aloe horrida Haw. Synonym H WCSP Aloe muricata Haw. Synonym H WCSP Aloe pallancae Guillaumin [Invalid] Synonym H WCSP Aloe perfoliata var. ferox (Mill.) Aiton Synonym L WCSP Aloe pseudoferox Salm-Dyck Synonym H WCSP Aloe subferox Spreng. Synonym H WCSP Aloe supralaevis, Aloe supralaevis var. erythrocarpa, Busipho ferox, Pachidendron ferox, Pachidendron pseudoferox, Pachidendron supralaeve
Geographical Origin South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Mozambique
Cultivation Full sun. Sheltered aspect. Water during summer, completely dry in winter. Dislikes winter wet. A well drained soil to which generous amounts of sand, grit and shingle have been mixed.
Eventual Height 2-4 m
Eventual Spread 1.5 m
Hardiness Tolerant of a few degrees of frost but not fully hardy in most UK locations. Southern coastal locations free from serious frost are best to try it oudoors but sensibly a large container brought in during the winter. Fleecing, even in a cool greenhouse

Aloe marlothii

Mountain Aloe, Tree Aloe, Spiny Aloe, Flat Flowered Aloe
Size: ex 1.5L pot - Large plants

Availability: Sold Out

£16.99
You could receive 10 Palm Points for writing a review and/or rating this product.

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