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Aloe maculata (Soap Aloe)

Soap Aloe, Aloe saponaria, 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 situation of frosty temperatures, however it usually recovers quite easily. Being very drought and salt tolerant, this Aloe species is an excellent choice for seaside gardens 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, 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

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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 Aloes
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)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Salt
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


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 Aloes
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)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Salt
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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