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Aloe ferox  Mill.


Botanical Name


Aloe ferox Mill.

English Name


Cape aloe, Tap aloe, Bitter aloe



Aloe socotorina, Aloe subferox





General Info


A perennial succulent shrub, up to 3(-5) m tall, usually with a single stem, densely covered with the persistent remains of the old leaves. Leaves 50-60 in a dense capitate rosette, lanceolate, up to 100 cm x 15 cm, fleshy, upper surface flat, lower surface convex, smooth to spiny, margins sinuate-dentate, dull green, sometimes tinged red. Inflorescence branched with 5-8 erect racemes, racemes very densely flowered, 50-80 cm x 9-12 cm. Flowers with a dark red to orange perianth, filaments and style exserted.

Herb Effects

As purgative (leaf sap); laxative (boiled leaves and roots); narcotic (flower nectar)


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Medicinal Use

Applied externally in cases of ophthalmia, conjunctivitis, sinusitis and syphilis (leaf sap); to treat arthritis, eczema, conjunctivitis, hypertension and stress (boiled leaves and roots).



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