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Soap Aloe, Zebra Aloe
Scientific Name: Aloe maculata (Aiton) Haw
Synonym: Aloe latifolia, Aloe saponaria var. saponaria, Aloe saponaria var. ficksburgensis, Aloe saponaria var. brachyphylla, Aloe leptophylla, Aloe leptophylla var. stenophylla, Aloe umbellata, Aloe saponaria var. latifolia, Aloe saponaria, Aloe perfoliata var. saponaria, Aloe perfoliata var. lambda, Aloe perfoliata var. theta, Aloe maculosa, Aloe disticha, Aloe maculata
Family: Asphodelaceae
Soap Aloe, Zebra Aloe (Aloe  maculata) Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 8,9,12-24
USDA: 9b-11

Frost Tolerance: The leaf tips get damaged below 28F (-2C), the early blossoms can also get damaged

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 50F (10C)

Sun Exposure: Light shade to full sun

Origin: Widespread from the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa to Zimbabwe

Growth Habits: Short stemmed, clumping rosettes to 16 inches in diameter, 18 inches tall (45 cm)

Watering Needs: Little to regular water, needs good drainage

Propagation: Offsets, clumps heavily

Aloe saponaria is one of the most common species, stemless with spotted leaves and yellow to pink, orange or red flowers. Contrarily to Aloe vera, its sap should not be used on the skin, as it is irritating and can provoke dermatitis in sensitive people.

Soap Aloe, Zebra Aloe (Aloe  maculata)

Blooming Habits:
The Soap Aloe has orange flowers, that come in several flushes in early spring and summer.

Fruiting Habits:

Guide to the Aloes of South Africa

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