Form: low clump of succulent leaves forming rosette
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)
Range/Origin: South Africa
Hardiness: damaged below 32°F, recovers quickly
flower stalk on
- accent plant
- reliable low-maintenance color
- attracts humming birds
- Exposure: full sun or part shade
- Water: natural rainfall; supplement to keep vigorous especially during long dry periods
- Soil: adaptable, good drainage
- Propagation: offsets
- Maintenance: removal of old flower stalks; thin colony if desired
aka Zebra aloe
do not confuse with the medicinal A. barbadensis - the sap of A. saponaira is an irritant
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