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Fan Aloe

Kumara plicatilis

Also known as

Franschhoek, French Hoek Aloe

Aloe plicatilis Montjuic 2 by Dinkum (CC0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








20 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Fan Aloe Overview

The fan Aloe is a unique and striking multi-branched shrub or small tree species with a woody trunk. The forked stems have clusters of strap-shaped, light green to blue-grey leaves arranged in 2 opposite rows (termed distichous). The clusters resemble an open fan, hence it's common name fan Aloe, the leaves are around 30cm long. Flowers are striking scarlet in colour, tipped with green-yellow and are visible winter-spring. It is used as an ornamental garden plant. A unique feature is the corky bark, adapted to Fynbos veld fires.

Common problems with Fan Aloe

Overwatering or poor drainage may lead to root rot, but is seldom a problem where plants are watered correctly.

    Fan Aloe Companion Plants

    Grows best in mineral poor sandy soil, and companion plants includes other Fynbos species.

    How to harvest Fan Aloe

    Seeds should be allowed to dry for at least 3 months after flowering before they are harvested.

    How to propagate Fan Aloe


    Branch cuttings (truncheons) can be used and should be planted in well drained soil in a cool area that is not exposed to afternoon sun.


    Plant seeds during spring in well-drained seed trays. Replant in the desired position when seedlings are large enough to handle and space 1.2 m - 2.4 m apart.

    Special features of Fan Aloe

    Attracts birds

    Sugarbirds are attracted by the nectar that the flowers produce.

    Attractive flowers

    Drought resistant

    Pot plant

    Attracts bees

    Other uses of Fan Aloe