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Mar 25, 2018 6:01 PM CST
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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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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Mar 25, 2018 6:37 PM CST
Name: Marilyn
Kentucky (Zone 6a)
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Love the flowers, but not the spines.
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Mar 25, 2018 6:42 PM CST
Name: Rj
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Great banner Baja!
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Mar 25, 2018 7:18 PM CST
Name: Karen
New Mexico (Zone 8a)
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Beautiful banner, Baja! Thanks for the extra photos and information, too.
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Mar 25, 2018 7:24 PM CST
Name: Jean
Hot Springs Vlg, AR, DeLand, F
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Very interesting plant, and I agree with Marilyn, love the flowers but not the spines.
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Mar 25, 2018 7:25 PM CST
Name: Stan
Florida Panhandle (Defuniak Sp (Zone 8b)
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I agree great banner, Baja! Thumbs up Thumbs up
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Mar 25, 2018 7:28 PM CST
Name: Kristi
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I love the coloration of this A. ferox. Very attractive and a great banner also. Lovey dubby
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Mar 25, 2018 11:08 PM CST
Name: Carole
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looks great Baja Smiling
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Mar 26, 2018 12:35 PM CST
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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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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Mar 26, 2018 3:02 PM CST
Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
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Very interesting. When you say the aloe is medicinal, what is the juice used for?
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Mar 26, 2018 3:36 PM CST
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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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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Mar 26, 2018 9:22 PM CST
Name: Liz Shaw
Gilbert, AZ (Sunset Zone 13) (Zone 9a)
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Fantastic banner!
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