Aloe ferox (Cape aloes)
Aloe ferox in natural habitat (Photo: Peter Brandham)
Cape aloes, bergaalwyn, bitter aloe
Rated by the IUCN as of Least Concern (LC). Protected by CITES.
Semi-arid open plains to rocky mountain slopes.
Cosmetics, herbal remedies, food supplements.
The bitter leaf exudate should not be taken by children, or by pregnant or breastfeeding women.
About this species
Aloe ferox is a common species on semi-arid plains and rocky mountain slopes of South Africa. It is both cultivated and collected from the wild for the colourless leaf gel and bitter brown leaf exudate.