Aloe saponaira    
African aloe   
Liliaceae Family     

Compiled by the Master Gardeners
of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension.


Form: low clump of succulent leaves forming rosette
Seasonality: evergreen
Size: 12in, colony of offsets to 12ft or more; rapid growth
Leaves: thick points with coarsely-toothed margins; dark green with distinctive white spots; foliage sometimes has reddish tinge; teeth are brown
Flowers: stalks 1/2 to 3ft tall, clusters of tubular coral-colored flowers; bloom in spring through early summer (first bloom is best)
Fruit: seed
Stems/Trunks: n/a
Range/Origin: South Africa
Hardiness: damaged below 32°F, recovers quickly

flower close-up
flower stalk on
Aloe saponaira

spotted leaf of Aloe saponaria
leaf detail


aka Zebra aloe
do not confuse with the medicinal A. barbadensis - the sap of A. saponaira is an irritant

clump of 
African aloe

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