Soap aloe, Aloe maculata is also known as Aloe saponaria. Like most aloes, soap aloe grows as a small rosette, keeping its leaves in a tight cluster at the base and staying relatively small, making it a great choice for an accent among other, drought-hardy plants in your garden.
Soap aloe grows to only about a foot tall and 18 inches wide at maturity, but from early spring through early summer, you’ll be delighted with the towering bloom stalk that will be topped with red-orange or bright yellow flowers. Plus, these flowers attract bees, butterflies, moths, and hummingbirds like magnets.
Listed as hardy to zone 8, unlike many other succulent plants, this aloe reliably survives our Central Texas winters. But if it is damaged by any unseasonably frosty temperatures, it normally recovers quite easily.
Although soap aloe does just fine in full sun, it’ll look a little beefier, greener, and healthier if given afternoon shade. As with most succulents, be sure to plant soap aloe only in areas of very well-drained soil and water sparingly, if at all.