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Aloe maculata (Soap Aloe)

Soap Aloe, Aloe saponaria, Zebra Aloe

Aloe maculata,Soap Aloe, Aloe saponaria, Orange flowers,Zebra Aloe
Aloe maculata,Soap Aloe, Aloe saponaria, Orange flowers,Zebra Aloe

Prized for its colorful flowers and interesting foliage, Aloe maculata (Soap Aloe) is an evergreen succulent perennial forming small rosettes of thick, sword-shaped, white-spotted leaves adorned with sharp teeth along their edges. Pinkish red in full sun, the foliage turns bluish-green in part shade. Borne on branched stems, up to 3 ft. high (90 cm), from late winter to spring, heads of coral-orange flowers make a show and repeat intermittently year-round. The inflorescences are very attractive to hummingbirds and bees. The leaf tips of this Aloe may turn purple and partially die back in frosty temperatures. However, it usually recovers quite easily. Being very drought and salt tolerant, this Aloe species is an excellent choice for seaside and rock gardens.

  • Grows up to 18 in. tall (45 cm) and 24 in. wide (60 cm).
  • Easily grown in sandy or gravelly, moist or drywell-drained soils in full sun or part shade. Once established, it needs only occasional water. Drought and salt tolerant.
  • Great for beds and borders, coastal gardens, rock gardens, succulent gardens or Mediterranean gardens.
  • Deer resistant.
  • Excellent fire-retardant succulent for wildfire-prone areas.
  • Virtually disease free. Watch for scale insects and mealybugs.
  • Native to South Africa

Requirements

Hardiness 8 - 12
Heat Zones 1 - 12
Climate Zones 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Cactus & Succulents
Plant Family Xanthorrhoeaceae
Genus Aloe
Common names Aloe
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 2' (60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Salt
Attracts Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Ground Covers, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Coastal Garden
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Aloe pluridens (French Aloe)
Aloe wickensii (Geelaalwyn)
Aloe thraskii (Coast Aloe)
Aloe africana (African Aloe)
Aloe Moonglow™
Aloe petricola (Stone Aloe)

Recommended Companion Plants

Kalanchoe luciae (Paddle Plant)
Aloe polyphylla (Spiral Aloe)
Sedum nussbaumerianum (Stonecrop)

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 - 12
Heat Zones 1 - 12
Climate Zones 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Cactus & Succulents
Plant Family Xanthorrhoeaceae
Genus Aloe
Common names Aloe
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 2' (60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Salt
Attracts Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Ground Covers, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Coastal Garden
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