General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8b -9.4 °C (15 °F) to -6.7 °C (20 °F)
Plant Height: 18-24 inches
Plant Spread: 12-36 inches
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Orange
Red
Yellow
Flower Time: Summer
Other: Repeat blooms (3 times/year) in sub-tropical climate
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Houseplant
Uses: Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Hummingbirds
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Can handle transplanting
Other info: Sow seeds in sandy soil. Seeds germinate in a few weeks at temperatures between 68 and 75 degrees F. Seedlings need moist but well-drained soil.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Division
Offsets
Other: Stems cut below a node root easily. Cut a stem that has gotten leggy, let it dry out for at least a few hours to form a seal on the cut surface. Place the cutting in rooting medium kept moist, but not wet, until roots form.
Pollinators: Birds
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth

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Common names
  • Soap Aloe
  • Aloe

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Location: My garden
Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9b
Date: 2019-08-16
Hummers love Aloe blooms
Location: South Bella Vista Drive, Tucson, AZ
Date: 2019-09-29
Unusual, new crown on the top of a broken inflorescence
Location: Baja California
Date: 2019-01-15
Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9b
Date: 2016-04-28
New bloom just opening
Location: At a nursery
Date: Jun 10, 2009 2:45 PM
Location: Cordoba, Argentina

Date: 2018-10-15
Aloe maculata saponaria variegata
Location: South Bella Vista Drive, Tucson, AZ
Date: 2019-03-18
New grwth and the base of the plant's inflorescence.
Location: My Garden - Lake Jackson, TX
Date: 2011-12-28
Close-Up Flowers
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Date: 2018-01-04
Soap aloe with emerging inflorescence.
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2022-11-11
An offset is forming at the base.

Date: 2018-10-15
Aloe maculata saponaria variegata
Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9b
Date: 2016-04-28
New bloom just opening
Location: Botanical Garden of Barcelona
Date: 2019-04-22
Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9b
Date: 2011-05-11
Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9b
Date: 2011-05-17

Aloe maculata saponaria variegata

Date: 2009-11-05
Location: In a beachside garden
Date: 2008-09-20

Date: 2007-07-15
Photo courtesy of: Martin Heigan

Date: 2020-12-13
Stress coloring.
Location: UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens, CA
Date: Nov. 2008
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2023-03-01
Location: My Garden - Lake Jackson, TX
Date: 2011-09-14
Buds
Location: Sea World San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas
Date: 2022-04-03
Location: Sea World San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas
Date: 2022-04-03
Location: Botanical Garden Meise
Date: 2016-01-31
Photo by hlutzow

Date: 2006-07-11
Photo courtesy of: Martin Heigan

Date: 2007-08-07
Location: My garden
Location: Central Texas
Date: 2016-01-09
Location: Sydney Australia
Date: 2019-09-15
First flowering
Location: Sea World San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas
Date: 2022-04-03
Location: Sea World San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas
Date: 2022-04-03
Location: Sea World San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas
Date: 2022-04-03
Location: South Bella Vista Dr., Tucson, AZ
Date: 2019-04-23
Seed Pod
Location: Pinya del Rosa Botanical garden
Date: 2019-04-22
Location: In a beachside garden
Date: 2008-09-20
Location: San Francisco Botanical Gardens
Date: 2009-04-08
Location: Tossa de Mar, Spain | April, 2023 
Date: 2023-04-04
Location: Mountain City, Tx
Date: 2016-03-20
Location: Barcelona, Spain | April, 2023 
Date: 2023-04-04
Location: Barcelona, Spain | April, 2023 
Date: 2023-04-04
Location: In a public garden
Date: Jun 10, 2009 2:44 PM
Location: Orto Botanico di Cagliari - Sardinia
Date: 2017-09-10
Location: South Bella Vista Drive, Tucson, AZ
Date: 2019-04-23
Seed pods of a very healthy Soap Aloe plant planted here five yea

Date: 2006-07-10
Photo courtesy of: Martin Heigan
Location: University of California Botanical Garden.
Date: June
photo by Stan Shebs

Date: 2008-01-08
Photo by Andrea Moro
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Comments:
  • Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Aug 22, 2019 4:13 PM concerning plant:
    Solitary or usually suckering spotted aloe from South Africa with a 3-7 branched inflorescence. Widespread and variable in habitat and cultivation. Leaves reach up to 12 inches long in the landscape and are relatively wide. Lower surfaces of leaves have fewer or no spots. Flowers may be pink, orange, yellow or red, and are constricted above the base, with barely exserted stamens. Racemes are densely flowered, flat-topped, and capitate.

    Very common (possibly the most common spotted aloe) in cultivation, and a parent of many hybrids. It may be difficult to distinguish the maculate aloes in general, as well as distinguish hybrids of maculata from the species. Hybrids with A. striata (relatively common and attractive plants) are often sold as A. striata, but they are spotted, whereas striata is not.

    Usually an easy plant in cultivation. Tolerant of many errors. Somewhat weedy (prone to clumping and invading space around it). Susceptible to the aloe mite (look for and carefully remove distorted flower stalks or warty leaves).

    Aloe saponaria is an old name for this plant. Aloe maculata has absorbed the former A. latifolia, leptophylla, maculosa, and umbellata. Ficksburg Aloe (Aloe maculata subsp. ficksburgensis) is a smaller plant.
  • Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Oct 7, 2011 8:48 PM concerning plant:
    Aloe maculata is native to Southern and Eastern Africa and was formerly known as Aloe saponaria ( the sap from the leaves makes a soapy lather.) This Aloe has become a popular landscape and house plant around the world. Like other Aloes, A. maculata has very sharp teeth along the leaf margins. Flowers are variable in color, ranging from bright red to yellow and are borne in clusters on top of tall, multi branching stems. Aloe maculata is salt tolerant, making it a good plant for seaside gardens. It produces many offsets and the plant can become invasive in warm climates.
  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 25, 2013 1:35 AM concerning plant:
    "Aloe maculata (commonly known as the Soap Aloe or Zebra Aloe) is a Southern African species of aloe.

    In addition, it is now planted around the world as a popular landscape plant in warm desert regions - especially in the United States, where it is the most popular ornamental aloe in the Tucson, Arizona area, and is also popular in California.

    It is a very variable species and hybridizes easily with other similar Aloes, sometimes making it difficult to identify. The leaves range in colour from red to green, but always have distinctive "H-shaped" spots. The flowers are similarly variable in colour, ranging from bright red to yellow, but are always bunched in a distinctively flat-topped raceme. The inflorescence is borne on the top of a tall, multi-branched stalk and the seeds are reputedly poisonous.

    The juice from the leaves is traditionally used as soap by local people.

    Plants are damaged by temperatures below 32°F (0°C), but recover quickly. In a suitable climate, soap aloes require little attention once established. Aloe maculata is very salt tolerant — a good choice for seaside gardens."

    Taken from wikipedia's page at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A...

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