This African native grows at a moderate rate, forming an upright rosette of fleshy gray green leaves. The long leaves are succulent and erect, with soft spines on margins. Yellow flower spikes are 2-3 feet tall and occur from late winter to summer. The tubular flowers attract hummingbirds. This aloe thrives in most conditions, ranging from full sun to part shade, although the foliage looks best when protected from intense afternoon sun. Good drainage is essential, and some supplemental summer irrigation is beneficial. Sap from the fleshy leaves is often used to treat burns and abrasions.