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Aloe melanacantha - Black Thorn Aloe
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Aloe melanacantha - Black Thorn Aloe

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Pack of 5 seeds.

A distinctive medium sized Aloe, even when not it flower. It is fiercely armed with spines on the undersides and margins of the leaves which turn black with age. Widespread across much of South Africa, it grows either singly or in groups of up to ten plants.Growing little more than 90 cm tall, the rosettes are a similar diameter. Flowering occurs in summer, although in the Northern hemisphere this may happen towards the latter half of the summer and into the autumn as is the case with many Aloes. The flowers are borne on tall (1 metre or more) spikes and are red in colour. The flowers may be followed by seed pods where pollination has occurred .

The plant may flower in 5 years from seed in it's natural state, but in the far better conditions it will find in cultivation, this is likely to happen much more quickly. It is not reliably hardy so should be grown in a pot or pan and brought in during cold weather or grown as a greenhouse specimen or as a houseplant.

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