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Tiger Aloe

Gonialoe variegata

Also known as

Partridge Breast Aloe, Guinea-Fowl Aloe, Cape Aloe, Bontaalwyn (Afr.), Kanniedood (Afr.), Partridge-breasted aloe, Kanniedood aloe, Pheasant's wings

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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Some flowering Gonialoe variegata plants

Tiger Aloe Overview

Gonialoe variegata is regarded as one of the best-known succulents in South Africa. This succulent plant was previously well known as Aloe variegata, but has been reclassified and move to the genus Gonialoe. The distinctive white striped foliage is reminiscent of a tigers stripes, hence the common name Tiger Aloe. After enough rainfall, an abundance of hanging flowers is visible, these are arranged in branched flower clusters. Flowers are tubular and orange or red-pink in colour. The flowers are pollinated by sunbirds and a variety of flying and crawling insects and therefore this plant is good for attracting beneficial wildlife to the home garden. This is a common feature plant. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, Free State, Northern Cape, Western Cape. Gonialoe variegata is one of the best known, and most distinctive of the South African aloes. The characteristic white spots on the leaf surfaces are most attractive and resemble the spots on a partridge's breast, hence the common name.

Common problems with Tiger Aloe

Mature plants can be attacked by scale insects and aphids.

Tiger Aloe Companion Plants

Along alongside other aloes and succulents.

How to harvest Tiger Aloe

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

How to propagate Tiger Aloe


Sow fresh seeds in summer in course river sand and keep moist. Replant seedlings when they are 20-30 mm high in sandy loam soil and feed once a month with organic fertilizer.

Special features of Tiger Aloe

Attracts birds

Sugarbirds feed off the nectar that is produced by the flowers.

Drought resistant

Can survive for several growing seasons without being watered.

Attracts useful insects

Bees and butterflies are attracted by the nectar produced by the flowers.

Attractive leaves

Attracts bees

Pot plant

Other uses of Tiger Aloe

Ornamental, indoors, greenhouse


An attractive plant for garden and container planting. Once established, it lasts for many years with little care.

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