The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Krantz Aloe

Afrikaans name: Kransaalwyn

A stunning Krantz Aloe in flower

Above - Krantz Aloe in flower

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Aloe arborescens

The Krantz Aloe, also known as the Candelabra Aloe, is only found in the eastern region of southern Africa between Malawi and South Africa.

Unlike many of the other aloes it is a sprawling plant but it can grow to a height of 3 metres.

The Krantz Aloe gets its name from the time of habitat where it is normally found. In Afrikaans a 'krantz' is a rocky ridge or cliff and it is here where you find these plants.

The flowers of the Krantz Aloe are deep-orange in colour and can be seen during the winter months.

Studies are being undertaken to see if this species of aloe has the same medicinal benefits as the well-known Aloe vera.

These aloes are fairly popular plants in gardens.

Krantz Aloe

Above - Krantz Aloe

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References and further reading

Trees of Southern Africa - 3rd edition - Author: Keith Coates Palgrave - Published: 2002 - Page: 106

What Aloe is That? - Author: Eric Judd - Published: 1967 - Page: 44

The Gardener - 2017/11 - Author: - Published: 2017 - Page: 33

The Gardener - 2018/07 - Author: - Published: 2018 - Page: 66

The Flora of the Natal Drakensberg - Author: Donald Killick - Published: 1990 - Page: 100

The Gardener - 2017/05 - Author: - Published: 2017 - Page: 17

The Complete Field Guide to Trees of Natal, Zululand and Transkei - Author: Elsa Pooley - Published: 1994 - Page: 54

Succulents of South Africa - Author: E. Van Jaarsveld, B. Van Wyk and G. Smith - Published: 2000 - Page: 95

The Coastal Guide of South Africa - Author: Jacana Media - Published: 2007 - Page: 110

Succulent Flora of Southern Africa - 3rd edition - Author: Doreen Court - Published: 2010 - Page: 266

Succulent Flora of Southern Africa - 3rd edition - Author: Doreen Court - Published: 2010 - Page: 240

Sasol First Field Guide to Succulents of Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: John Manning - Published: 2018 - Page: 15

Sasol First Field Guide to Aloes of Southern Africa - Author: Gideon Smith - Published: 2003 - Page: 13

SA Wild Flower Guide No 4 - Transvaal Lowveld - Author: Jo Onderstall - Published: 1984 - Page: 42

Guide to Succulents of Southern Africa - Author: Gideon Smith & Neil Crouch - Published: 2009 - Page: 29

Guide to the Aloes of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: Ben-Erik van Wyk and Gideon F. Smith - Published: 2014 - Page: 86

Illustrated Guide to the Wildflowers of Northern South Africa - Author: Gerrit Germishuizen & Brenda Clarke - Published: 2003 - Page: 186

Indigenous Beginnings - Author: Anneke Kearney - Published: 2008 - Page: 44

Indigenous Garden Plants of Southern Africa - Author: Glenice Ebedes - Published: 2017 - Page: 55

SA Wild Flower Guide No 2 - Outeniqua, Tsitsikamma and Eastern Little Karoo - Author: Audrey Moriarty - Published: 1982 - Page: 28

Gardening with Indigenous Shrubs - Author: David and Sally Johnson, Geoff Nichols - Published: 2002 - Page: 14

Field Guide to Wild Flowers of South Africa - Author: John Manning - Published: 2009 - Page: 78

Field guide to Succulents of Southern Africa - Author: Gideon Smith & Neil Crouch - Published: 2017 - Page: 127

Ecoguide - Fynbos - Author: Colin Paterson-Jones and John Manning - Published: 2007 - Page: 35

Aloes of the South African Veld - Author: H. David & B. Hardy - Published: 1971 - Page: 223

Aloes in Southern Africa - Author: Braam van Wyk, Gideon F. Smith - Published: 2008 - Page: 97

A Field Guide to the Trees of Southern Africa - Author: E. Palmer - Published: 1983 - Page: 80


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