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Aloe maculata 'Yellow Form' (Yellow Soap Aloe)

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Scientific Name

Aloe maculata 'Yellow Form'

Accepted Scientific Name

Aloe maculata All.

Common Names

Yellow Soap Aloe

Synonyms

Aloe saponaria 'Yellow Form'

Scientific Classification

Family: Asphodelaceae
Subfamily: Asphodeloideae
Tribe: Aloeae
Genus: Aloe

Description

Aloe maculata 'Yellow Form' is a stemless succulent, up to 18 inches (45 cm) tall and up to 2 feet (60 cm) in diameter, that may grow as a solitary plant or send out suckers to form dense, expanding colonies. The leaves are dark green with a reddish tinge at the tips. The lower part of the leaf fades to a light green and is marked by faint white lines. The margins are lined with brown teeth. This form has all of the same characteristics and cultural notes as the species, except the flower color.

Aloe maculata 'Yellow Form' (Yellow Soap Aloe)

Photo via agaveville.org

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zones 8a to 11b: from 10 °F (−12.2 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Aloe is a very forgiving plant, and a well-grown plant can be quite beautiful. As with all succulents, Aloe must never be allowed to sit in stagnant water, and the plant should be carefully monitored to watch for signs of overwatering.

These succulents are not particularly fast-growing and will only rarely need repotting. In the spring, repot Aloes that are tipping over their pots or have ceased growing. Use a fast-draining potting mix with one-third sand or pebbles. During the repotting of a larger plant, it is possible to divide the root ball carefully. Some varieties of Aloe will send off offsets that can be potted independently.

Aloe plants need strong, bright light. They can withstand full summer sun, once acclimated. In the winter, provide bright light. It prefers warmer temperatures of 70 to 80 °F (21 to 27 °C) but will survive down to 40 °F (4.5 °C). Feed with a succulent fertilizer in the summer only. Suspend feeding in the winter as the plant goes dormant.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Aloe.

Origin

Aloe maculata 'Yellow Form' is a form of Aloe maculata with yellow flowers.

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