Aloe broomii Schönland
Berg Alwyn, Mountain Aloe, Snake Aloe
This aloe is a native of southern Africa, and it is not found in the wild in North America.
Identification: The rosette of spiky, thick leaves that are characteristic of all aloes is on a short stem or on the ground. Leaves reach a height of 12" (30 cm); if you include the flower spike, the height can reach 5' (1.5 m). Leaves are green, with reddish brown teeth along the margins. The large flowerhead, up to 5' (1.5 m) and 2½" (7 cm) around, is unusual in that the flowers remain entirely covered by bracts, the specialized leaves that form the buds. Only the stamens and stigmas stick out, and those only along a narrow band of the flowerhead at a time. The orange “flowers” aren’t flowers at all! See the Aloe comparison table.
Aloe broomii on the South African National Biodiversity Institute's web site, plantzafrica.com
Aloe broomii at the Living Stones Nursery
Aloe broomii on Succulents.co.za
Aloe broomii from Made-in-Afrika
Aloe broomii on Wikipedia
Aloe broomii on Wikimedia Commons
Aloe broomii description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.
Range: Zones 9b-11: