Hardiness: USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F) USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F) USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F) USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)
Sun Exposure: Sun to Partial Shade
Danger: Seed is poisonous if ingested
Bloom Color: Red-Orange Pale Yellow
Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer Mid Summer Late Summer/Early Fall Mid Fall Late Fall/Early Winter
Foliage: Grown for foliage Evergreen Mottled
Other details: This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Soil pH requirements: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral) 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
Seed Collecting: Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
On Sep 13, 2011, PeteOZ from Melbourne Australia wrote:
Very hardy aloe, making a large group of suckers and its quite thorny too.
Though it can be a bit invasive it is not hard to control and is good for growing under trees or in exposed spots with crappy soil where nothing grows. It is quite shade tolerant as well. Here it tends to be a greenish colour with moisture and shade and a attractive reddish purple under stress.
Seems very cold and wet tolerant in Melbourne this winter Ive had some other aloes rotting in the center from codl and moisture these are fine. This one arborescens and mitriformis seem to be the hardiest around here and can often be found growing well in neglected gardens and are commonly sold in garden centers. A few of my Maculatas have had some root loss from the cold and wet but they will quickly regrow in the warmer weather.
On Jan 8, 2010, CristianaMS from Rome Italy (Zone 9b) wrote:
Reproduces very very easily from stems. Useful in skin deseases. When the plant is dry, it has beautiful, purplish leaves, lovely amidst black lavic rocks. After an image search it seems Aloe maculata is also called Aloe saponaria ?
On Feb 20, 2007, MacSuibhne from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
Very hardy in San Antonio, with beautiful blooms (which seem to come up at random times of year). Fills a garden rather quickly, as well. I will say this -- it is beastly to weed around. Those spines are wicked, and they mean business.
On Sep 26, 2003, palmbob from Tarzana, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:
Common spotted (with linear spots- almost streaked)species with prominent teeth and usually stemless, clumping, often overgrown in succulent gardens. This is one of the more aggressive and 'invasive' aloe species, sometimes showing up many feet away from the parent plant. It is a relatively fast grower and very easy to cultivate. Grows in thick, poorly draining soils as well as better quality soil. Teeth are prominent and sharp.
Also often added to pots with a variety of other succulents and sold at garden outlet centers. Flowers of A maculata 'saponaria' usually yellow, but most A maculatas' flowers are variable (pink to orange to yellow). Flowring can occur any time of year, but usually in mid winter in southern California. Flowers are often, but not always, branched 1-2x and flowers head is a flatted globe in shape.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Foley, Alabama Phoenix, Arizona , California Aromas, California Arvin, California Berkeley, California Castro Valley, California Davis, California (2 reports) Hayward, California La Presa, California Los Angeles, California (3 reports) Mission Viejo, California San Jose, California San Leandro, California Tarzana, California Thousand Oaks, California Vista, California (2 reports) Alford, Florida Bartow, Florida Campbell, Florida Cheval, Florida Chuluota, Florida Fruitville, Florida Gainesville, Florida Jacksonville, Florida Keystone Heights, Florida Macgregor, Florida Myrtle Grove, Florida New Port Richey, Florida Niceville, Florida (2 reports) Saint Petersburg, Florida South Daytona, Florida Spring Hill, Florida Tallahassee, Florida Titusville, Florida Umatilla, Florida Brunswick, Georgia Folkston, Georgia Pass Christian, Mississippi Emerald Isle, North Carolina Centerville, South Carolina Kiawah Island, South Carolina Saint Helena Island, South Carolina Austin, Texas (2 reports) Broaddus, Texas Dallas, Texas Dripping Springs, Texas New Chapel Hill, Texas San Antonio, Texas (2 reports) Serenada, Texas Spring Branch, Texas Willis, Texas