Aloe Species, Partridge Breast Aloe, Tiger Aloe

Aloe variegata

Family: Aloaceae
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: variegata (var-ee-GAY-tuh) (Info)
Synonym:Aloe ausana
Synonym:Aloe punctata
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Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


3-6 in. (7-15 cm)


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:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Late Fall/Early Winter

Mid Winter



Other details:

This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

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:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:


Apache Junction, Arizona

Carefree, Arizona

Maricopa, Arizona

Mesa, Arizona

Parker, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona (2 reports)

Queen Creek, Arizona

Scottsdale, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

Brea, California

Calistoga, California

Canoga Park, California

Carlsbad, California

Clayton, California

Mission Viejo, California

Palm Desert, California

Reseda, California

Rowland Heights, California

San Francisco, California

San Jose, California

Spring Valley, California

Sunol, California

Thousand Oaks, California

Vista, California

Pensacola, Florida

Winter Springs, Florida

Henderson, Nevada

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Austin, Texas (2 reports)

Dripping Springs, Texas

Houston, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Kalama, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 21, 2015, poeciliopsis from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

Central Phoenix -- Aloe variegata grows well in my garden in shade of a deciduous tree with water once a month in summer and none in winter. It has been in this location since 1991, has moderately suckered, and blooms reliably. It is unprotected in winter and has weathered several hard frosts with no damage. I have also tried it in full shade, where it has survived, but not prospered.


On May 14, 2011, Little_things from Port Elizabeth,
South Africa (Zone 10a) wrote:

Plant is easy to grow if kept in well-drained soil and not over-watered. They grow in the dry regions of South Africa and S. Namibia. In the Karoo, I've seen them growing almost all the time in or under small bushes. They usually flower end winter, early spring. They are easy to cultivate from seed.


On Jul 14, 2009, baiissatva from Dunedin,
New Zealand wrote:

Coastal Otago, New Zealand zone 9ish
Having just gone out in the middle of winter to move some of my other more diva-ish aloes, I noticed that my partridge aloe (potted) seems to be impervious to cold, not to mention hail, the other succulent enemy we have to deal with on a regular basis down here. It also seems a little larger and more luxuriant than those in the pics supplied, and I can only put this down to regular thorough watering, since it gets no other attention. Its definitely the same variety. Its sat out all winter through storms, minor frosts and week-long soakings.
It's so pretty with its painted-on-looking markings, but I take mine completely for granted since purchasing it's great grandmother around 10 years ago and busily distributing her offsets ever sinc... read more


On Dec 30, 2006, Tjsangel1 from Warren, OH wrote:

My favorite Aloe. It's very easy to grow, I water once a month and keep it outdoors in bright sunlight in summer. This is the second time in 9 months my Aloe is going to flower! How cool is that : )


On Feb 19, 2005, CaptMicha from Brookeville, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

Makes a great, almost no care houseplant if desired although, without bright enough lighting (atleast I believe it to be the problem) the ... blades...? can become leggy and pale.


On Aug 20, 2004, greenlarry from Darlington,
United Kingdom wrote:

I have grown this aloe in the past. It makes an attractive plant with good red flowers. Much underrated due to its common-ness.


On Mar 21, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Very easy to grow aloe (though have rotted my share of these), and one of the most commonly sold in nurseries (at least in Southern California). Completely smooth plant with only the tiniest white, firm, blunt teeth. Leaves tend to be thick and triangular with a 'V' shape in cross section. Leaf margins, where dinky teeth are, have wide, ornamental white line. Spotting on leaves is often in horizontal bands in a 'tiger-stripe' pattern. Flowers are pinkish to pale red, either compact (high light situations) or spread out (low light situations) but usually single or possibly with a single branch, and here in So Cal come out mid winter.

Seed of this species differs from most other aloes in having very large 'wings' presumably to increase wind dispersion. Each seed pod is... read more


On May 26, 2003, lynxx wrote:

Lovely accent plant, tolerates extremely dry conditions. Loves bright light.