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Xeriscape Demonstration Garden Information Sheet


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Aloe saponaria-Soap Aloe

A rapid growing evergreen African native that forms short rosettes.  The 8 long leaves are lance-shaped and green, turning reddish as the weather cools.  The leaf tips are often brownish. 

The flowers are reddish-pinkish to orange and fairly showy occurring winter through summer on 3' tall candelabras. The individual flowers dangle giving it an exotic effect. This aloe produces numerous offsets, which can form dense colonies. 

If plants become unsightly the clumps may be thinned.  This aloe is subject to aloe mites and the sap of this aloe may irritate some people.  


Webmaster & Author George Hull Last Updated August 10, 2003