Aloe ‘Octopus’

The first large winter flowering aloe hybrid with deep yellow flowers to be released. It has been given the name “Octopus”, and one look at the tentacle-like leaves of this plant will immediately confirm its likeness to its marine namesake.

“Octopus” has a spreading growth style, which means that it will eventually bush like Aloe arborescens. It is advisable to remove excess stem shoots in order to have viable rosettes that can all contribute to the flowering performance. It is preferable to allow the main rosette to mature and to split rather than allowing stem shoots to grow. Apart from the striking yellow racemes borne on widely outstretched inflorescences, its other outstanding feature is the length of the individual flower – it is the hybrid with the longest recorded individual flower of all the cultivars in the collection.