Aloe alooides (Bolus) Druten
Graskop aloe, grass head aloe
This aloe is a native of northeastern South Africa (Mpumalanga, formerly eastern Transvaal). Ironically, the species alooides means “resembling an aloe.” Well, duh, right? Actually this wasn’t always thought to be an aloe; it was once called Urginea alooides because it looked like an aloe.
Identification: These aloes have a single stem up to 6½' (2 m) high, the upper part of which is covered with old dried leaves. Leaves are green, tinged red during droughts. They are wide and so curved that they often curl back to touch the stem. Leaf margins have small teeth. Up to five unbranched, narrow flower spikes occur per plant. Each spike contains yellow flowers up to ⅜" (1 cm).
See also the Aloe comparison table.
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Aloe alooides description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.
Range: Zones 9b-11: