These interesting plants are mostly natives of the Cape of Good Hope, some of them becoming arborescent and branched, and growing to the height of sixty feet. They delight in a loose rocky soil and a warm sunny situation, and require little artificial irrigation.
They are mostly of very slow growth although Aloe ciliaris makes several feet of growth in a season. Most of them bear red or yellow flowers in stiff spikes, which, combined with their rugged grotesque habit, make them excellent for planting in dry rockeries, etc.
Propagate in early Spring by seeds, suckers or cuttings; cover the seeds to a depth of one-quarter of an inch.