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Aloe maculata - Soap Aloe

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aloeaceae (now Asphodeloideae)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Orange Red
Bloomtime: Sporadic
Synonyms: [A. saponaria]
Height: 1 foot
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Aloe maculata (Soap Aloe) - Stemless plant that reaches 1 foot tall and 2 feet wide that can sucker freely or grow solitarily. The foliage is dark green at the tips with a reddish tinge; the lower part of the leaf fades to a light green and is marked by faint white spots. The margins are lined with brown teeth. The salmon orange flowers are held in capitate heads on a branched inflorescence over a long period in summer. Ideally suited for full sun. Drought tolerant. Hardy to about 20-25 degrees F. The specific name of saponaria is from the use of this plant for soap in its native South Africa. This plant has long been in cultivation under the name Aloe saponaria but the correct name now appears to be Aloe maculata. It has been suggested by some botanists that the better-known and long-used name, Aloe saponaria, be conserved as it is the name for the type plant for the section Saponariae.  The information on this page is based on research conducted about this plant in our library and from reliable online sources. We also take into consideration observations of this plant in our nursery crops, as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens we visit. We also will incorporate comments that we receive from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if it includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Aloe maculata.
 
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