Soap Aloe

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Soap Aloe

Aloe saponaria
6

12 inches
12

18 inches
Southern Africa
  • Full Sun
  • Part Sun/Shade
  • Low
  • Flowering
  • Hummingbirds

About This Plant

Sun, partial sun or shade. Nearly evergreen, growing as a rosette with fleshy, jazzily patterned leaves and sharp spines on the leaf margins. The foliage may melt in extreme freezes, but returns reliably and quickly from the roots. Flowering stalks appear year-round, even in winter, with coral-colored tubeflowers that attract wintering hummingbirds. Soap aloe brightens up difficult locations in sun or shade and can easily be transplanted. As the name implies, the sap makes suds in water.

Maintenance

Expect some winter cleanup to remove pulp after freeze damage. Clumps expand fairly aggressively, especially if watered regularly. Note, the sharp spines make grooming and removing offsets a bit of a chore.

Features

Plant Type:
Cactus and Succulent
Size:
6-12" H, 12-18" W
Sunlight Requirements:
Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade
Soil Types:
Sandy, Well drained
Wildlife:
Hummingbirds
Flower Color:
Pink
Bloom Time:
May, June, July, August, September, October
Freeze Hardy:
Yes
Invasive:
No
Caution:
None
Coupon Eligible:
No

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