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Book Aloe

Aloe suprafoliata

Also known as

Boekaalwyn (Afr.)

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Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size







This plant has no fragrance

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Book Aloe Overview

The unique leaves of this plant are narrow and grow sideways to make them look like an open book. These leaves develop into a rosette form as they age. Large flowers emerge during the winter months and are generally soft rose-pink or striking scarlet-red in colour.

Common problems with Book Aloe

Generally not affected by pest and diseases, but plants that are under stress will be more susceptible.

    How to harvest Book Aloe

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

    How to propagate Book Aloe


    Sow seeds in autumn in seed trays and keep moist, but do not overwater. Germination should take place within a few weeks. Plant out seedlings in the the desired position in the garden after one year.


    Take offsets from the base of the main rosette and dry for at least 1 week. Plant in well-drained, sandy soil.

    Special features of Book Aloe

    Attracts birds

    Sunbirds are attracted by the nectar that is produced by the flowers.

    Attracts useful insects

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

    Pot plant

    Plant in well-drained pots filled with a sandy loam soil.

    Drought resistant

    Can survive for extended periods of time with little watering.


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