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Jun 3, 2020 11:21 AM CST
Germany
Region: Europe
Hi,
I've bought this plants a year ago when it was small and looked miserable (got it alongside two other plants for 1€, what a bargain considering they are all still alive!) but it didn't have any identification tag. I've always assumed it was a cactus or succulent because of its spikes and because it endures afternoon sun without issues but I couldn't find anything resembling it on identification websites. Maybe its just really leggy, I have no idea!

Thanks in advance!

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Jun 3, 2020 12:06 PM CST
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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An aloe, possibly a tree aloe (could get big), possibly one of these.

Flat-Flowered Aloe (Aloe marlothii)
Bitter Aloe (Aloe ferox)

It should be able to take a lot of sun no problem, given a gradual accommodation after overwintering.

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Jun 3, 2020 12:07 PM CST
Name: Thijs van Soest
Tempe, AZ (Zone 9b)
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It is an Aloe and it is leggy. It would like a lot of direct sunlight hours of it if possible, especially if kept inside. If you can grow this out side when it is warm and sunny that should help it - but if you do move it outside be careful - sudden changes in sun exposure can cause significant sun burn even at higher latitudes.

I has the feel of Aloe ferox or marlothii, but when this small and possibly leggy it is hard to be sure as there are some other spiky aloes that look similar when young.
It is what it is!
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Jun 3, 2020 12:15 PM CST
Germany
Region: Europe
Thanks you two!
I kind of assumed it was an aloe but I didn't know they have a pronounced stem. When i got it, it only had leaves on opposite sides of the stem but now it started to grow "rounder".

I'll definitely try to give it more sunlight, I recently moved it from an east-facing window with all-day bright indirect sunlight to a south-west facing window with direct sun in the afternoon / in the evening.

I found a picture of it just after I bought and repotted it, you can see the leaves opposite of each other quite well:





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Jun 3, 2020 12:21 PM CST
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
Cactus and Succulents Seed Starter Xeriscape Container Gardener Hummingbirder Native Plants and Wildflowers
Garden Photography Region: Mexico Plant Identifier Forum moderator Plant Database Moderator Garden Ideas: Level 1
You cannot provide too much light indoors, so find your sunniest window and put the aloe right in front of it.
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