Common Name: Tree aloe
Skill Level: Beginner
Exposure: Full sun
Soil type: Well-drained/light
In its native climes of South Africa, this slow-growing tree aloe can reach to an astonishing 18m (54ft) high. Its fleshy leaves, ridged with sharp teeth, give it a strange, slightly reptilian look. Although this plant isn't hardy enough to survive the year in an English garden, this dramatic desert plant is a very easy choice for a houseplant. Given a bright windowsill, gritty compost and only very occasional watering, the plant will be more than happy, perhaps even rewarding you with orange, poker-like flowers in summer.
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