“Torch Aloe”/”Krantz Aloe”
An indispensable succulent for the medicinal, herbal, or dry garden, this very showy & easy plant is commonly grown as a living fence in its native South Africa. Large, specious flower spikes in red-orange (& very occasionally yellow) bloom in Winter when almost nothing else is showing color. Large heads of spirally arranged leaves give this species its other common name – “Octopus Plant”. Like Aloe vera, this species has a host of herbal & medicinal properties. It can be used to treat cuts & burns, & has anti-inflammatory & anti-bacterial effects. It’s a very fast & easy Aloe, & drought tolerant to boot, eventually becoming a multi-headed shrub to 6′ high & wide or larger.