On Aug 27, 2008, Little_things from Port Elizabeth South Africa (Zone 10a) wrote:
Natural distribution around Uitenhage and Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape of South Africa up to 300m (990ft). Beautifull flower (raceme), mainly late winter to spring, but not uncommon to find flowers in other times of the year.
On Aug 19, 2003, palmbob from Tarzana, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:
This is a great tree Aloe for So Cal... it has a great blue-green color in full, hot sun, and it's striking yellow flowers attract bees and hummingbirds from all around. Unfortunately it also attracts a lot of ants, and mealy bug, scale etc., so watch for that. It is not one of the more 'user friendly' aloes, though, in that it is covered with short, very strong, sharp spines that easily removed linear shreds of epidermis as you brush by a leaf too closely. Ouch. Flowers in winter (and rarely in summer)- yellow-orange columnar racemes up to 3' tall... flowers have unique upturned look near base of flower stalk (so can tell apart from other aloes) while the rest of the raceme has flattened flowers pointing towards the ground.
In a recent freeze here in So Cal (Jan 07), where temps were into the mid 20s, this aloe shows no damage, even as a seedlings, though many other species melted at this temp... This is a reliable zone 9b plant!
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Springville, Alabama Carefree, Arizona Chandler Heights, Arizona Mesa, Arizona La Presa, California Los Angeles, California Martinez, California Mission Viejo, California Reseda, California San Marino, California Thousand Oaks, California Vista, California Naples, Florida St Petersburg, Florida