Aloe cf. arborescens

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  • attracts bees
  • attracts birds
  • attracts butterflies
  • full sun
This mysterious Aloe in one of the desert plots at Fairchild was formerly identified as Aloe thraskii, but closer investigation has caused us to change our minds. Aloe cf. arborescens or Candelabra Aloe, as it is commonly known, exhibits considerable natural variations. It presents the clumping habit of A. arborescens, however, the color scheme and the branching of the inflorescence are not consistent with A. arborescens and may be closer to A. thraskii, which suggests that this plant is a hybrid. Its leaves are also larger and more robust than for typical A. arborescens. As the specific epithet indicates, "becoming a tree", Candelabra Aloe can reach a height of 8-10 feet and sprawl as wide. It is multi-headed and the foliage is incurved, margined with short spines, and arranged rosette-like. The orange winter blooming flowers produce a sweet nectar, attracting birds, bees and butterflies. Plant in full sun to light shade. Drought tolerant; plant in sandy, well-draining soil. Salt tolerant; can be planted in coastal areas. Perfect for sunny borders, containers, rock gardens and xeriscaping. (pot size: 3 gallon)
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