Also known as
Torch Aloe, Octopus Plant, Deer-Horn Cactus, Stag-Horn Cactus, Candelabra Aloe, Torch Plant, Krans Aloe, Kidachi Aloe, Oldenland's Bush Aloe, Candelabra Plant, Mountain Bush Aloe, Sword Aloe, Woody Aloe
Aloe arborescens - Vumba 6 (10230169234) by Ton Rulkens (CC BY-SA 2.0)
5 years to reach maturity
This plant has no fragrance
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Krantz Aloe Overview
Aloe arborescens (Kranz aloe) is a valuable garden asset, it has large beautiful flowers, attractive foliage, decorative form, and it is easy to grow. It is also a 'must-have' for anyone wanting to stock their herb gardens with indigenous healing plants. The large colourful flower spikes are borne in profusion during the cold winter months (May-July), brightening up a drab winter garden. Deep orange is the most common colour, but there are also pure yellow forms, and an unusual bi-coloured form of deep orange (almost red) and yellow. The inflorescence is usually unbranched, with two to several arising from a single rosette. As with all the aloes, the flowers produce nectar and are attractive to many kinds of birds, in particular the small and colourful sunbirds, which flit from flower to flower in search of nectar. The flowers also attract bees. The Krantz aloe is adapted to many habitats but is usually found in mountainous areas where it favours exposed ridges and rocky outcrops. They form a 2m high bush that multiplies quickly and can be divided easily for propagation. It is an easy and rewarding plant to grow, and is a popular garden plant in many countries. Aloe arborescens enjoys full sun, well-drained, compost-enriched soil and can tolerate moderate frost but is sensitive to severe frost. It is fast-growing, and it will tolerate drought and neglect once established. It is grown mainly as an ornamental or as an accent plant, but is also an excellent and impenetrable hedge plant. The Kranz aloe may be used to treat burn wounds and has a range of other medicinal properties.
Common problems with Krantz Aloe
Generally not affected by pests and diseases.
How to harvest Krantz Aloe
Seeds should be allowed to mature and dry for at least 3 months after flowering before they are harvested.
How to propagate Krantz Aloe
Branch or stem cutoff should be allowed to dry for a day until the wound has sealed and then planted in well-drained soil. Seedlings can be placed directly into their permanent place in the garden.
Aloe arborescens can be grown from seed that is sown in spring. It should take 3-4 weeks to germinate and the seedlings must be protected from frost.
Special features of Krantz Aloe
Attracts small sunbirds that feed from the flowers' nectar.
Attracts useful insects
Bees are attracted by nectar-producing flowers.
Can survive for extended periods without being watered.
Deep orange, pure yellow forms and a bi-coloured form of deep orange and yellow.
Fire resistant and does not require pruning.
Other uses of Krantz Aloe
Garden plant and hedge, attractive to birds and insects, has some medicinal uses.
Aloe arborescens is used to treat stomach aches and is also beneficial for wound healing, anti-bacterial, anti-ulcer, anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, hypoglycaemic and also alopoeic activity.