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Aloe ferox

Cape Aloe

This beautiful, large Aloe has long green leaves that turn red in full Summer sun. The edges of the leaves have teeth, and the leaves curl upright. Tall spikes with orange flowers can appear on mature plants in the Fall.

Quick Look:

  • Full sun to partial shade

  • Typical water needs for a succulent

  • Plant grows up to 24″ (60 cm) tall
    Plant grows up to 36″ (91 cm) wide

  • Zone 9a (Minimum 20° F | -6.7° C)

  • Not cold hardy

  • Propagation by offsets and seeds

  • Spines can cause irritation to pets and people

  • Summer Dormant

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Care and Propagation Information

General Care for Aloe ferox “Cape Aloe”

Aloe ferox “Cape Aloe” is a great addition to rock gardens or xeriscaped yards. Its flowers attract bees and hummingbirds. The leaves of young plants are fragile and tend to break off easily.


Aloe ferox “Cape Aloe” has typical watering needs for a succulent. It's best to use the “soak and dry” method, and allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings.

Where to Plant

“Cape Aloe” is not cold hardy, so if you live in a zone that gets colder than 20° F (-6.7° C), it's best to plant this succulent in a container that can be brought indoors. It does well in full to partial sun.

Plant in an area of your garden that gets 6 hours of sunlight a day. If planting indoors, place in a room that gets a lot of sunlight, such as near a southern-facing window (if you're in the Northern Hemisphere).

How to Propagate Aloe ferox “Cape Aloe”

Aloe ferox “Cape Aloe”can be propagated from offsets or seed.


To grow “Cape Aloe” from offsets, use a sterile, sharp knife or pair of scissors. Remove a stem from the main plant, and allow it to callous for several days before planting in well-draining soil. Water whenever the soil has dried out completely.


To propagate “Cape Aloe” from seed, sow your seeds in a well-draining soil. You can grow Aloe seeds outdoors if you live in an zone above 9a. If you live in a cooler area, you can begin sowing indoors under a grow light or on a seed mat.