Aloe chabaudi




Botanical name

Aloe chabaudi

Other names





A stemless aloe up to 80 cm in height with the inflorescence; forms clumps through suckering

Description of stem

Stemless to occasional short stems

Description of leaves

About 20 grey-green to blue-green leaves, reddish in direct sun, usually feintly longitudinally lined, sometimes confluently spotted (H-shaped) on both surfaces, especially on young plants, lower surface convex; leaves about 50 cm long and 10 cm wide at the base; cartilaginous edge and fine whitish teeth on leaf margins only; the leaf apex does not recurve as in A. globuligemma

Description of flowers

Inflorescence consists of a panicle characterised by multiple branching, sometimes slender, but often a profuse flourish of bright-red or pink-red flowers with an indentation just beyond the bulbous base of the perianth; raceme cylindric; anthers excerted

Desciption of seed/fruit


Description of roots

Tends to make suckers from which new rosettes appear


One of the more variable aloe species

Propagation and cultivation

Grows easily, a common garden plant and multiplies over time into clusters of rosettes





Ecological rarity

Not threatened

Pests and diseases



More associated with Zimbabwe than South Africa as the central domain of the species


Open grassland in various soil types, often near granite hills

Distribution (SA provinces)

Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Kwazulu-Natal


South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania

[Information from Reynolds, G.W. (1966) The Aloes of Tropical Africa and Madagascar. The Aloes Book Fund, Mbabane, Swaziland]