An indispensable succulent for the medicinal, herbal, or dry garden, this very showy and easy plant is commonly grown as a living fence in its native South Africa. Large, specious flower spikes in red-orange (and very occasionally yellow) bloom in Winter when almost nothing else is showing color. Large heads of spirally arranged leaves give this species its other common name – “Octopus Plant”. Like Aloe vera, this species has a host of herbal and medicinal properties. It can be used to treat cuts and burns, and has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial effects. It’s a very fast and easy Aloe, and drought tolerant to boot, eventually becoming a multi-headed shrub to 6’ high and wide or larger.