Aloe broomii

Botanical name

Aloe broomii

Other names

Snake aloe; slangaalwyn (Afrikaans)




Usually a single-stem aloe, but may divide into two or three rosettes; may be 1,5 m tall; usually a well developed rosette of up to a meter wide

Description of stem

Appears squat with the persisting old, dead leaves to ground level

Description of leaves

Light green, occasionally darker green; the distinctively longitudinally lined leaves are densely packed in a compact, somewhat bulky rosette; the edges are reddish and armed with sturdy, sharp teeth; a keel row of spines partly up the outer surface, or sometimes a few scattered spines

Description of flowers

Single, long, snakelike racemes of up to 1,5 m have densely packed flowers, of which the excerted stamens are the prominently visible parts among the enclosing bracts; the perianth is yellow but hidden behind the other flower parts

Desciption of seed/fruit


Description of roots




Propagation and cultivation

This aloe transplants readily and grows in cultivation in well-drained soil in full sun


Thrives in hot summer conditions, also adapted to cold winters, even including snow


Garden plant, although a less common one

Ecological rarity

Not threatened

Pests and diseases





Dry north facing slopes among grass and low bushes, in rocky and mountainous areas

Distribution (SA provinces)

Eastern and Northern Cape, Free State


South Africa

Aloe Broomii: Photographed by Jack Latti

Aloe broomii: Photographed by Jack Latti