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African Aloe

Aloe maculata

Also known as

Broad-Leaved Aloe, Soap Aloe, White Spotted Aloe, Seepaalwyn, Bontaalwyn (Afr.), Lekhala (Sothern Sesotho)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Aloe maculata with budding inflorescence
Aloe maculata plants

African Aloe Overview

The bright yellow, red and orange flowers of this species make​ it an incredible decorative plant in any home garden. Flowering times vary and sometimes flowers appear in the colder winter months. It requires little watering, which makes it ideal to plant in shallow rock gardens. The sap from the leaves can be used as a replacement for soap, hence the commonly used name of this plant. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga.

Common problems with African Aloe

African Aloe Companion Plants

Along alongside other aloes and succulents.

How to harvest African Aloe

Seeds should be allowed to dry for at least 3 months after flowering before they are harvested.

How to propagate African Aloe


Remove offsets and replant directly in the desired position in the garden.

Special features of African Aloe

Attracts birds

Sunbirds are attracted by the nectar that is produced by the flowers.

Drought resistant

Requires little watering and can survive for extended periods of time without being watered.

Attractive flowers

Attractive fruits

Other uses of African Aloe


The sap from the leaves is said to be used by people of various cultures as a substitute for soap.


A useful garden plant with year round interest. Plant in dry flower beds or rockeries.

Other uses

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