Afrikaans name: Bitteraalwyn
The Bitter Aloe gets its name from a bitter extract, obtained from it, that is used as a purgative medication.
It is a common plant that grows to a height of 3 metres.
The Bitter Aloe is found over a range of 1,000 km from the Western Cape through to KwaZulu-Natal.
These aloes flower in winter and produce a spectacular display of flowers. The flowers attract numerous sunbirds and weavers.
References and further readingA Field Guide to the Trees of Southern Africa - Author: E. Palmer - Year Published: 1983 - Page: 78
A Photographic Guide to Wild Flowers of South Africa - Author: Braam van Wyk - Year Published: 2000 - Page: 67
Country Life - Issue 276 - Author: - Year Published: 2019 - Page: 18
Guide to the Aloes of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: Ben-Erik van Wyk and Gideon F. Smith - Year Published: 2014 - Page: 62
Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 392
Road Tripping South Africa - Author: MapStudio - Year Published: 2014 - Page: 74
Sasol First Field Guide to Aloes of Southern Africa - Author: Gideon Smith - Year Published: 2003 - Page: 27
The Complete Field Guide to Trees of Natal, Zululand and Transkei - Author: Elsa Pooley - Year Published: 1994 - Page: 56
Trees of Southern Africa - 3rd edition - Author: Keith Coates Palgrave - Year Published: 2002 - Page: 109
What Aloe is That? - Author: Eric Judd - Year Published: 1967 - Page: 40
What Aloe is That? - Author: Eric Judd - Year Published: 1967 - Page: 60