What is the plant
Aloiampelos ciliaris, formerly Aloe ciliaris, the common climbing-aloe, is a thin, tough, rapidly growing succulent plant from South Africa. It derives its name from the tiny white "eyelashes" (=cilia) that circle the stem, at the base of the leaf.
Aloe ciliaris (the Common Climbing Aloe) is a thin, caulescent, branching, and rapidly growing climbing or scrambling Aloe with fleshy leaves that are strongly recurved (helping to anchor the tall stems in dense thickets and assist the aloe in climbing). If there are no nearby trees to act as host and support, it just forms a straggly shrub. Once it reaches the sun its handsome red flowers appear near the end of the long weak stems which climb and straggle through the undergrowth. It was introduced into cultivation in England by Bowie as early as 1820.
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