Aloe pictifolia

Botanical name

Aloe pictifolia

Other names

Kouga aloe




A dwarf aloe with up to seven small rosettes from one stem; about 35 cm in height including the inflorescence

Description of stem

Curved, creeping or hanging, depending of the position among the rocks or cliff

Description of leaves

Variable but grey-green in well-watered conditions, pink in dry conditions or in harsh sun; the densely spotted leaves on both surfaces are long (up to 15 cm) and narrow (2,5 cm at the base), but thick (front to back); small reddish teeth occur on the edges only; the leaves recurve, but often in varying ways on the same rosette, with some curving inward and a few sideways; the leaf tip is sharp

Description of flowers

Single raceme with erect flowers, conical, dull-red perianths only about 1,5 cm in length; flowering in winter to spring, sometimes out of season; pollinated by sunbirds

Desciption of seed/fruit

Capsules 1,5 cm in length, seeds angular and dark

Description of roots




Propagation and cultivation

Easy to grow from seeds or offsets, suitable as a container plant


Copes with cold, possibly with some drought


Currently gaining as a garden plant

Ecological rarity

Not threatened, but the natural habitat is not large

Pests and diseases



Pictifolia means 'painted leaves'


Rocky, quartzite cliffs and outcrops of the Kouga mountains

Distribution (SA provinces)

Eastern Cape


South Africa



Category: Aloes