This South African aloe is the most widely grown species of the genus. It was once cultivated for itsproperties for treating suppurating wounds. In its native habitat it may reach a height of 3-4 m (10-13 ft), but only 1 m (39 in) when grown indoors. The fleshy are coated with a greyish bloom and are spiny-toothed on the margins. The inflorescence may be up to 80 cm (31 inch) high and is composed of drooping coloured a vivid red edged with green.
This plant requires a light, sunny. Water regularly whenever the is beginning to dry out. It should not be fed. It requires cool conditions in winter but the temperature should not fall below 6°C (43° F). It makes numerous offshoots by means of which it can be readily propagated. Stem tip also very quickly.