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Item ID: 41
Common Name: No common name available
Habitat: This Aloe occurs at around 6,500 feet elevation where the largest populations are found along the eastern mountain slopes of Black Mountain in Rhodesia.
Range: Aloe saponaria has been found only around the Inyanga District of Rhodesia in South Africa. It is reported to be found just north of Troutbeck on near Mount Inyangani.
Care: In Tucson this Aloe is probably the most widely cultivated of all Aloes. It is a very easy plant to grow and requires very little extra attention. It may require more moisture during those months when rainfall is low. It is a winter grower and will accept added moisture during the Tucson winter.
Propagation: This plant is easily propagated by removal of the many offsets and by seed.
Size: The actual plant is only about 12 inches in height and can be about the same in width. Older plants can have many offsets and produce a very large group several feet in width.
Flowers: The flowers of this species are a beautiful shade of red that can appear in the late fall.
Photo Courtesy of Kevin Barber ©2003
This Aloe is widely cultivated and is quite attractive mainly because of the variable light whitish leaf markings. Along the edges of the green leaves are brownish colored teeth that are usually not extremely sharp. The flowering plants here in Tucson are noted as a good attractant for humming birds.
The proper identification of Aloes growing in Tucson can be difficult for those not familiar with these South African favorites. The written information on this plant says that it is a solitary grower but plants found here in Tucson have many offsets so this Aloe is still under investigation. It has been also reported that this Aloe may harbor small mites that could invade your other Aloes during stressful periods.
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