A quiver tree in flower reminds of a kingdom among us, that of the aloes, over which Aloidendron dichotomum conducts its timeless reign with solemn dignity.
And yes, for those that admire them, they can be planted in parks and gardens where the drainage is sufficient. Other small matters of soil, temperature and rainfall also merit consideration. Heed the limits of the outdoor options to avoid loss and disappointment involving the art of the possible.
Here, in the Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden at Worcester, aloe royalty, be they Aloe or Aloidendron species, thrive and flower in winter with the locals of the tribe, particularly Aloe microstigma. The smooth stem with its bicolour patches of old and young bark forms an interesting yellow-grey pattern on this specimen. The edges where the patches meet may have blade-like sharp margins, so beware (Coates Palgrave, 2002; Van Wyk and Gericke, 2003).