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Cat's-tail Aloe

This aloe grows into a small six to ten foot tree with a single trunk and multiple branches bearing large rosettes of leaves.  The old leaves remain attached to the trunk giving it a shaggy appearance.  The flower spikes are long and snake-like and are covered with flowers producing a rich brown nectar.  This is a very useful landscape plant for drought hardy gardens.  Photos by Laurel Woodley

Aloe castanea has sessile nectar-rich golden flowers
Aloe castanea has brown nectar
Latin Name: 
Aloe castanea
Family Name: 
Aloaceae
Place of Origin: 
South Africa
Bloom Time: 
Jan
Feb
Plant Types: 
Garden Location: 
Administration Building Entrance