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Aloe ferox, Cape Aloe, Bitter Aloe, Red Aloe, Tap Aloe SEEDS - From South Africa - By MySeeds.Co

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Aloe ferox (Cape aloes)

Aloe ferox, also known as Cape Aloe, Bitter Aloe, Red Aloe and Tap Aloe, is a species of aloe indigenous to South Africa's Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, and Lesotho.  It is one of several Aloe species used to make bitter aloes, a purgative medication, and also yields a non-bitter gel that can be used in cosmetics. Aloe ferox is a South African aloe valued for its colourless leaf ‘gel’ and bitter brown exudate.  


Aloe ferox is listed on the plant list of endangered plants along with other wild species of this genus.



Aloe ferox can grow to 10 feet (3.0 m) in height, and can be found on rocky hills, in grassy fynbos and on the edges of the Karoo. The plants may differ physically from area to area due to local conditions.  Its leaves are thick and fleshy, arranged in rosettes, and have reddish-brown spines on the margins with smaller spines on the upper and lower surfaces. Its flowers are orange or red, and stand between 2 and 4 feet (0.61 and 1.2 m) above the leaves.



Aloe ferox plants are propagated mainly from seed and head cuttings, with plants sowed with approximately one meter separations. From seed, it takes about 4 to 5 years for the plants to reach the first harvest. At the time of harvest, each leaf weighs about 1.5 kg to 2 kg. Aloe ferox prefers dry-tropical climates, open areas, sandy-loamy soils, full sun, and moderate watering with a good drainage system.


What Is Aloe Ferox?

Aloe Ferox  is a plant indigenous to one province in South Africa, and nowhere else on earth! There are over 100 species of aloe in South Africa,

but Aloe Ferox is the one that had been used by the indigenous people long before the arrival of Europeans to what is now the Cape Province.

Unlike most aloe vera products, aloe ferox  never has to be filtered and thus retain all the natural present active ingredients.

Aloe ferox is neither irrigated nor treated with pesticides or insecticides. This plant is so strong that it survival is sustained through  the strength of its own immune system.

The bitter aloe is most famous for its medicinal qualities. The hard, black, resinous product is known as Cape aloes or aloe lump and is used mainly for its laxative properties but is also  taken for arthritis.

The gel-like flesh from the inside of the leaves is used in  cosmetic products and is reported to have wound healing properties.


The bitter aloe is most famous for its medicinal qualities, provided by the golden-brown sap of the leaves. The long, tapering leaves are green, sometimes with a slightly blue or reddish tinge, and bear sharp, brown teeth on the margins, and sometimes also on the surface of the leaf.


Indeed, the scientific name of this species alludes to the prickly leaves, as ferox means ‘fierce’ in Latin. The leaves are arranged in a rosette, and as the leaves age and die, they remain attached to the plant, forming a ‘petticoat’ of dried leaves around the base of the stem. The flowers of the bitter aloe vary in colour from red to orange and yellow, and occasionally white, and are borne on spike-like heads



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