The krantz aloe develops into a multiheaded plant with striking grey green leaves arranged in attractive rosettes. The leaf margins are armed with conspicuous pale teeth. The large colourful flower spikes are borne in profusion during the winter months,brightening up a winter conservatory or greenhouse . Can be grown outdoors in the summer months but needs to be indoors for winter, protected from frost. The Zulu people use the leaves of this plant, dried and pounded into a powder, as a protection against storms.
Decoctions of the leaves are also used in childbirth and in treating sick calves. In the Transkei it is used for stomach ache and given to chickens to prevent them from getting sick. In the Orient, this aloe is grown in domestic gardens as a convenient first-aid treatment for burn wounds and abrasions. In fact it was only after it was used to treat irradiation burn victims of Hiroshima that its healing properties received attention from the West.
Extracts from the leaves have been widely investigated since then and shown significant wound healing, anti-bacterial, anti-ulcer, anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, hypoglycaemic and also alopoeic activity.
IMAGE SHOWS A VERY OLD PLANT