Aloe ferox or the bitter aloe grows from the Western Cape to KwaZulu-Natal, where its growth habit isomewhat different and it used to be called A. candelabrum. Its winter flowers are erect, in branched panicles, flower colours range from deep yellow, to orange and red; occasionally a white form may be found. In some cold areas the plants flowers in spring.
A. ferox yields a variety of medicinal and beauty care products, apart from its popularity with gardeners. This specimen was photographed in the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden to the west of Johannesburg, where it presents a strong argument (with many other plants in support), for people to visit them, any time of the year!