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Yellow Torch Aloe

Aloe arborescens 'Lutea'

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Yellow Torch Aloe (Aloe arborescens 'Lutea') at Flagg's Garden Center

Yellow Torch Aloe flowers

Yellow Torch Aloe flowers

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Yellow Torch Aloe (Aloe arborescens 'Lutea') at Flagg's Garden Center

Yellow Torch Aloe

Yellow Torch Aloe

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  6 feet

Flower Height:  10 feet

Spread:  8 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  8b

Other Names:  Krantz Aloe

Description:

A multiple branched variety with a shrubby habit; beautiful rosettes of succulent, toothed, sword shaped, gray-green leaves; produces erect spikes of pale yellow tubular flowers from fall to winter; an amazing accent or screening plant

Ornamental Features

Yellow Torch Aloe features showy spikes of buttery yellow tubular flowers with green tips rising above the foliage from late fall to late winter. Its attractive succulent sword-like leaves remain grayish green in color throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Yellow Torch Aloe is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its wonderfully bold, coarse texture can be very effective in a balanced garden composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, 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

Yellow Torch Aloe is recommended for the following landscape applications;

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

Planting & Growing

Yellow Torch Aloe will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity extending to 10 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 8 feet. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This plant 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 a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Yellow Torch Aloe is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Its large size and upright habit of growth lend it for use as a solitary accent, or in a composition surrounded by smaller plants around the base 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 growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

This is a tender plant that may require additional winter protection in our area; contact the store for more information.

 
 
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Ornamental Features