Full Sun – Prefers 6 or more hours of sun per day.
Semi Frost Hardy
Semi Frost Hardy – Is Able to Survive Moderately Low Temperatures.
Low Watering – Requires Little Water.
Low Maintenance – Requires little maintenance.
Indigenous – Originates in South Africa.
|Uses in landscape design|
Use as a focal point or in waterwise garden.
Plant in well draining, sandy loam, fertile soil with added bone-meal and mulch with compost.
September October November
Sandy , Loam , Well drained , Fertile , Enriched
The leaves can be used to dye wool pink.
Attracts sunbirds, bees, ants and butterflies.
|Interesting planting ideas|
Add A. speciosa to a wild life garden, as a focal point on a rockery or on slopes. Plant along side other indigenous and water wise plants.
The head of the rosette is tilted in the direction it recieves the most sunlight.
Treat the seeds with fungicide to prevent damping off. Sow seeds in seeding trays and cover with sand. The soil must be well draining and carefull not to over water as the seedlings will rot. Seedlings can be transplanted in to bigger containers once they reach 3cm in height.
Aloe speciosa will hybridise with other species.
|Common pests and diseases|
Prone to rust, treat with copper-oxychloride
Afri: Spaansaalwyn, Slaphoringaalwyn. Xhosa: ikhala
Occurs in dry river bed valleys, on mountain slopes and flats. Found from the Western Cape to the Eastern Cape.
Aloe speciosa is a evergreen succulent tree that is frost tender. It is multi or single stemmed and is wind tolarant and suitable for coastal gardens.
As the common name, Tilt-headed Aloe describes, Aloe speciosa will tilt the head of its rosette towards the direction it receives the most sunlight.
Synonym: Aloe hexapetala
Botanical Pronunciation: AL-oh spee-see-OH-suh
Aloe speciosa requirements and featuresinfo on these icons
Requires moderate maintenance.