Aloe chabaudii flowers in spectacular fashion among the shrubs, grasses and rocks of its habitat. It is often found on granite hills and slopes in sandy or clayey soils. It does not like frost.
The H-shaped leaf spots common on young plants become fewer or disappear on mature specimens. Plants growing in shade have greener leaves than those in full sunlight that are likely to acquire a red to pale purplish colour.
Barbara Jeppe (1969) notes flower colour variations (red and yellow) in Malawian and Zimbabwean forms of this Aloe.