isiXhosa: Ikhala, Ingcelwane, Unomaweni

Afrikaans: Kransaalwyn

Kranz aloe

Kranz aloe

Aloe arborescens

Scientific name

Aloe arborescens (krantz aloe, candelabra aloe) is a species of flowering succulent perennial plant that belongs to the Aloe genus, which it shares with the well known and studied Aloe vera. This species is also relatively popular among gardeners and has recently been studied for possible medical uses.

Aloe arborescens is valued by gardeners for its architectural qualities, its succulent green leaves, large vibrantly-colored flowers, and winter blooming. The sweet nectar attracts birds, butterflies and bees.

References and further reading

PlantZAfrica profile »

Wikipedia page »

Image credit: Wikimedia Commons.
We currently have no seeds of this species in our seedbanks. Do you have any seeds or do you know where we can get some? Get in touch!

This table below shows how many plants we are trying to obtain for this species.

Site Area Quantity
Site #3 Delft 2
Site #5 Delft 2
Site #10 Delft 2
Site #15 Rosebank 5
Site #18 Rosebank 4
Site #21 Rosebank 30
Site #23 Rosebank 20
Site #28 Mowbray 30
Site #29 Mowbray 20
Site #31 Rosebank 20
Site #47 Rosebank 10
Site #54 Langa 8
Site #61 Claremont 5
Site #64 Mowbray 10
Site #80 Rosebank 5
5 other sites 38
Total 173

Important characteristics

Conservation status: Least Concern

This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.

It provides medicinal value

It is a pioneer species suitable for establishing the soil in bare areas

Suitable for clay soil

Suitable for sandy soil

It provides food for:


Southern double-collared sunbird

Aloe arborescens is indigenous to: Cape Flats Dune Strandveld

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