Each flower is a soul opening out to nature.
- Gerard De Nerval
All the Aloes are in full flower and although the winter got 3 of my Aloe ferox, burnt the flowers brown, this one has managed to come up with one beautiful flower stalk. I haven't got them planted in a rockery, the rocks here are just wishful thinking for me!
This hardy plant, indigenous to South Africa, with its succulent leaves, can survive the harshest conditions. When damaged by man or animal, the plant seals off any wound with a sticky, dark liquid that prevents infestation by virus, fungus or insect. This dark liquid has been successfully used by ancient inhabitants as a traditional remedy for many ailments.
Aloe ferox is listed on the plant list of endangered plants, along with other wild species of this genus, so my three are very precious to me. Also known as Cape Aloe, Bitter Aloe, Red Aloe and Tap Aloe.