This blog is dedicated to plants from desert regions around the world as well as plants that have adapted to withstand arid conditions, but do not occur in real deserts. Many of the plants are found in arid semi-desert regions. There will be a greater emphasis on succulent plants, but others will also be included. This blog deals with desert plants of the Americas, Africa, Arabia and others. We are situated in South Africa and South African plants are likely to feature more dominantly. The pictures taken are from our private botanical desert garden at Leopoort near Oudtshoorn, from plants in nature, as well as other collections.

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Fresh seed of Aloe ferox Oudtshoorn Large growing available here:

Aloe ferox occurs widely in South Africa. Many plants grow up to 5 meters tall, but there is variablity in size over the distribution area of the plants. Aloe ferox prefers to grow in semi-desert or other relatively arid regions.

The flower colors are mainly bright red, orange and yellow, but occasionally white flowers are found. Flowering time is normally from May to August, but flowering of Aloe ferox occurs later in the northern parts of South Africa.

Cape Aloes is a product made from the leaf sap from Aloe ferox and has been used for over 200 years mainly as a purgative. Recently new applications have been introduced e.g. pain relieve in rheumatism and arthritis.

The habitat of Aloe ferox often overlaps with that of  Aloe speciosa  , the varieties Aloe lineata  and several others. Hybrids are common.

The propagations is from seed and the plants are easy to cultivate.

Aloe ferox in habitat near Klipplaat.

Aloe ferox in flower in the Seven Weeks Poort east of Ladismith.