This bold aloe naturally occurs in the dry grasslands of Mpumalanga, a rocky, hilly province in northeastern South Africa. In its native area, it is quite rare but easily distinguished by its smooth, blue-green leaves and erect, orange-red flower spikes that are produced in the summer. Unlike many other desirable garden aloes, this one is tolerant of limited frost.The thick, waxy leaves of Reitz' aloe are smooth but edged with slightly barbed teeth that are sometimes reddish brown. They are evergreen, succulent and green with bluish green glaucous surface wax. Its tall candles of orange-red and orange tubular flowers are produced in summer and pollinated by sunbirds in South Africa. North American grown specimens will be visited by hummingbirds. Plants must be mature before they bloom, so it takes years before flowers appear.Full sun and porous soil with perfect drainage are needed to keep this plant healthy and happy. Locations with milder summers and low humidity are also most suitable. This is a wonderful garden aloe for southwestern gardens, particularly those in southern California. Reitz' aloe can also be grown as a container specimen or houseplant if provided well-drained growing medium for cacti and bright sun. To encourage faster growth, mild but frequent fertilization during the growing season can be useful for older or pot bound plants. This aloe is easy to propagate from seed.