isiXhosa: Ingcelwane

Afrikaans: Bontaalwyn

Soap Aloe


Soap Aloe

Aloe maculata

Scientific name

The soap aloe is highly adaptable and is naturally found in a wide range of habitats across Southern Africa, from Zimbabwe in the north, to the Cape Peninsula in the south. Specifically, it is native to southern and eastern South Africa, south-eastern Botswana and Zimbabwe. The juice of the leaves were traditionally used as soap.

Also known as Intelezi and Zebra aloe. Previously Aloe sapinaria.

References and further reading

PlantZAfrica profile »

Wikipedia page »

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Important characteristics

This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.

Suitable for sandy soil

It provides food for:

Southern double-collared sunbird

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