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Aloe mawii

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Khuzi (Aloe mawii) at Roger's Gardens

Khuzi in bloom

Khuzi in bloom

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Khuzi (Aloe mawii) at Roger's Gardens

Khuzi flowers

Khuzi flowers

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Height:  6 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  9b

Description:

An unbranched, or sparsely branched tree variety with dense rosettes of gray-green leaves that may turn entirely red in winter; produces horizontal racemes of tubular orange flowers in winter; a great landscape accent

Ornamental Features

Khuzi features showy racemes of orange tubular flowers with red overtones rising above the foliage from mid to late winter. It has attractive grayish green foliage with hints of red. The succulent sword-like leaves are highly ornamental and remain grayish green throughout the winter. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The mottled gray bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Khuzi is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its strikingly bold and coarse texture can be very effective in a balanced landscape composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spiny

Khuzi is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Khuzi will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by cuttings.

Khuzi makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Rock  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Bark 
Ornamental Features