How to grow Soap Aloe

Aloe maculata

How long does Soap aloe take to grow?

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Soap aloe Etymology

The genus name Aloe is derived from the Arabic, Alloch or Alloeh2, and translated as Allal in Greek and Hebrew, meaning “shining bitter substance”, which describes aloe sap3.

The species name saponaria (which is the previous name for this plant), comes from the Latin “sapo”, which means soap since the sap makes a soapy lather in water.

Its currently accepted name is Aloe maculata which means speckled or marked.1

Other names for Soap aloe

African aloe, zebra aloe, aloe saponaria

Aloe saponaria



2 “The South African Gardeners Survival Manual, by Ann Bonar; First published 1985”

3 Aloe Vera

4 Floridata entry on aloe saponaria saponaria/642

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