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What is aloe ferox?

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Aloe ferox is a type of aloe plant found in South Africa. It has dull green leaves that form a petticoat on the stem as they dry. Five to eight branches rise from the center with spiked, yellowish-red flowers on the ends.

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The aloe ferox is more commonly known as bitter aloe. It has long been harvested for its laxative properties, and it is also effective when used on arthritis and wounds; it is often used in cosmetics. Aloe ferox is popular with wildlife because its flowers attract many bird species and insects, and monkeys and baboons commonly raid the aloe for nectar.

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