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Soap Aloe

Aloe maculata

Also known as

Broad-Leaved Aloe, Broadleaf Aloe, Common Soap Aloe, White Spotted Aloe

Aloe maculata by Mahomed Desai (

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Soap 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.

Common problems with Soap Aloe

Soap Aloe Companion Plants

Along alongside other aloes and succulents.

How to harvest Soap Aloe

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

How to propagate Soap Aloe


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

Special features of Soap 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 Soap 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

Quick-growing | Special Effects

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