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Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Mar 25, 2018 6:01 PM CST
Aloe ferox... yes, the spines are for real! Smiling

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And side view. The blushing, clenched look is the plant pouting after several months of drought.
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This is a fairly large tree aloe with time. Here are flowers from another Aloe ferox (the one above has not yet flowered for some reason).... an event for humans, birds, and bees.

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Marilyn
Mar 25, 2018 6:37 PM CST
Love the flowers, but not the spines.
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crawgarden
Mar 25, 2018 6:42 PM CST
Great banner Baja!
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plantmanager
Mar 25, 2018 7:18 PM CST
Beautiful banner, Baja! Thanks for the extra photos and information, too.
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rocklady
Mar 25, 2018 7:24 PM CST
Very interesting plant, and I agree with Marilyn, love the flowers but not the spines.
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GaNinFl
Mar 25, 2018 7:25 PM CST
I agree great banner, Baja! Thumbs up Thumbs up
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pod
Mar 25, 2018 7:28 PM CST
I love the coloration of this A. ferox. Very attractive and a great banner also. Lovey dubby
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carolem
Mar 25, 2018 11:08 PM CST
looks great Baja Smiling
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Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Mar 26, 2018 12:35 PM CST
Thank you for the kind words, people. Smiling Every year during weed pulling season I end up losing blood to plants like this, but it's all worthwhile when they flower.

Here's another random info tidbit: this aloe is medicinal. The juice is harvested by gravity extraction from the leaves. You can get away with harvesting a lot of the rosette as long as you leave a few leaves so the plant can recover. Some pics here...

https://www.kariega.co.za/blog...
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cliftoncat
Mar 26, 2018 3:02 PM CST
Very interesting. When you say the aloe is medicinal, what is the juice used for?
Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Mar 26, 2018 3:36 PM CST
It is, as the common name would suggest, rather bitter. Smiling Aloe ferox products are mostly used as laxatives I think ("colon care"), mostly in South Africa, but they have been promoted for all sorts of things in a general new-agey sort of way. There are also Aloe ferox skin care products derived from the gel, but I have no idea how those might compare to Aloe vera.
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LizDTM
Mar 26, 2018 9:22 PM CST
Fantastic banner!
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