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Soap aloe

Aloe maculata

African aloe (Eng.), Seepaalwyn, Bontaalwyn (Afr.)

The bright yellow, red and orange flowers of this species make​ it an incredible decorative plant in any home garden. Flower times vary and sometimes flowers are even visible 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.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Summer, Winter, Spring
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

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

Propagation

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

Special features

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.

Geography

Origin
South Africa (Eastern Cape, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga)
Natural climate
Temperate, mild coastal, but also at cold high altitudes.

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Household
The sap from the leaves is said to be used by people of various cultures as a substitute for soap.
Ornamental
A useful garden plant with year round interest. Plant in dry flower beds or rockeries.

Personality

Family
Asphodelaceae
Flower colour
, Yellow, Red, Orange
Scent
None

Problems

Generally not affected by pests and diseases.

Companion plants

Along alongside other aloes and succulents.

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