Aloe excelsa

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Aloe excelsa

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Aloe excelsa on right
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Actually, I am pretty sure both are Aloe excelsa, but plant on right looks a lot like Aloe ferox
Actually, I am pretty sure both are Aloe excelsa, but plant on right looks a lot like Aloe ferox
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This is one of my favorite tree aloes, from South Africa and a few other southern African countries (primarily Zimbabwe). Gets REALLY tall.. .books say 18' but some plants in the Huntington approaching 30' tall. Solitary, single-trunked plant with trunks about 8"-10" in diameter... dried leaves retained for a few feet, but very tall plants have some clear trunk. Leaves rosulate (turn in and then out again) and most plants have few to no spines on the leaves (aside from marginal teeth)... however my plant ended up being a super spiny version of this plant and extremely dangerous to walk near as the spines would easily rip off any skin that brushed against the leaves. Leaves dull darker green up to 3' long (perhaps longer if in shade). Flowers a spectacular red or various shades of orange in mid winter. Flowers flattened along stalk and racemes about half the length of those of Aloe ferox... otherwise these two plants can be a bit of a challenge to tell apart... Aloe ferox leaves tend to have less curves (arch out only or straight) but that's not a great reliable characteristic (sometimes Aloe excelsa leaves arch out similar to Aloe ferox leaves). Flowering is about the same time. Aloe ferox flowers rarely scarlet like most Aloe excelsas, but often Aloe excelsa is orange, identical to the color of most Aloe ferox flowers.
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my plant

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My Aloe excelsa from a few years back. Flowers in winter and the wind along with the heavy rain often push the spike over.
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This year is broke off, even though it is protected by my shed. Its the heavy rain that does it.
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