Aloe chabaudii

Dwala Aloe

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Description

The flowers of the dwala aloe are produced in multibranched panicles and can come in yellow, orange, coral pink, or red colors. The attractive turquoise-colored leaves take on a pinkish tinge when grown in full sun. Plants can produce large clumps over time in climates where they are hardy outdoors, in USDA Zone 9 and higher. Container-grown plants should be potted in well-drained soils containing decomposed granite.

This aloe was discovered in the early 1950s in southern Zimbabwe at the base of a dwala (granitic outcrop) with populations comprised of large masses of plants. The discoverer was a hunter who collected a specimen for his friend, John A. Chabaud, a well-known gardener in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Chabaud passed the specimen on to a taxonomist who named the species in his honor. Treasured as a local medicinal plant, unfortunately wild populations have disappeared since their discovery.

Soil
Moderate
Plant Shape
Mounded
Exposure
Full Sun
Bloom Time
January - February, November - December
Bloom Color
Red, Orange, Salmon
Landscape Use
Bedding or Border, Specimen Plant
Wildlife Interest
Attracts Birds, Attracts Butterflies, Resistant To Deer
Plant Type
Perennial
Hardiness Zone
9 - 11