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Aloe marlothii bee pollinator

Aloe marlothii

Mopane Aloe (english)
Bergaalwyn (afrikaans)
Mokgopha (xhosa)
Tshikhopa (zulu)

Taxonomy:

Family ASPHODELACEAE
Genus Aloe
Specie marlothii
SA Plant Number 29.5
Basionym Aloe marlothii

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Description:

Aloe marlothii is a very hardy, large, upright, single-stemmed Aloe with a rosette of large, fleshy, thorny leaves. The beard of dried leaves is an attractive feature of this plant.

The horizontally branched spikes of tubular orange, red or bicoloured flowers with protruding dark stamens are borne from May to August. The flowers attract many species of birds and butterflies to the garden.

Excellent accent plant. Plant in well-drained soil in a rockery, succulent bed or as a feature of a grassland garden. This is the typical, tall, standard Aloe seen on rocky ridges on the Highveld. Used medicinally.

Size 2 to 5m

Wildlife:

Insects:
Many species of bees attracted by the pollen and nectar
Birds:
Nectar rich flowers attract many birds, particularly sunbirds

Uses:

Accent / form plant:
Striking addition to rock gardens, succulent gardens, grassland gardens
Traditional medicine:
Used medicinally for both humans and animals to treat intestinal parasites (for livestock it is used on external parasites as well).  It is also used by humans as a purgative and as an aid in weaning.

Distribution:

Limpopo, North West Province, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu Natal

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