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A great, moderately large Aloe that forms a solitary or sparsely branched stem to 2 m tall, topped by dense rosettes of spreading, green to coppery red leaves. The inflorescences are unbranched and densely covered with yellow flowers. Aloe spicata usually inhabits rocky hillsides in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and northern South Africa between sea level and 1700 m. It is closely related to Aloe vryheidensis. It is easy to grow in many tropical and warm temperate climates in USDA Zones 9 and above.