Aloe Marlothii( Mountain Aloe)
- A large evergreen succulent plant
- Also known as Mountain Aloe or Flat, flowered Aloe
- Bright red, yellow, or orange-red inflorescence
A native to Botswana, Mozambique, Swaziland, South Africa, and Zimbabwe, Aloe Marlothii is a large, evergreen succulent plant about 8 to 10 feet tall, also known as flat flowered Aloe.
It has thick greyish-green leaves tapering from a broad base to a sharper point forming a dense rosette and growing up to 5 feet long.
Old leaves remain draped from the stem forming a skirt or petticoat adding to the robust appearance of this plant.
The withered skirt and well-spread rosette give this plant a well-rounded appearance, even at full height.
Initially, the reddish-brown spines on this plant are densely present even on the lower surfaces of leaves but thin out with age.
Spines are also present on the margins of each leaf, appearing randomly across the fleshy parts.
Flowers bloom in late fall to early winter and form a panicle containing about 30 racemes which grow mostly horizontal.
The inflorescence of Aloe marlothii is a strikingly bright red, yellow or orange-red in color.
The plant attracts both songbirds and hummingbirds, thus adding to its beauty.
This plant likes to be in the full sun. It can withstand temperatures as low as 15° degrees F (-9° C).
While first planting or transplanting Aloe marlothii, water the plant once in a week for the first month, then wean off later. A well-established mountain aloe can survive without water for several months.
In summers, water Aloe marlothii frequently and in winter avoid watering it or water less frequently.
Aloe marlothii can thrive in a wide range of soil types, sand or loam and acidic, alkaline, and neutral pH soils.
If the leaves are excessively inflated, it is a sign of overwatering, which can lead to rot if not addressed timely. Dull, thin leaves are a sign of dehydration.