This magnificent, large Aloe forms an upright trunk to 2 m tall that holds a crown of thick, long, strongly recurved and slender-tipped, deeply channeled, green leaves with red margins and occasinally a reddish blush. The large, slender, unbranched, upright inflorescences hold countless, small yellow flowers. It is native to South Africa's Mpumalanga province, where it grows in the mountains between 1700 and 2000 m on dolomite outcrops. In cultivation it is best adapted to warm temperate climates. It can take drought and moderate freezes.