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Soap Aloe

Afrikaans name: Bontaalwyn

The flowers of the Soap Aloe

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Aloe maculata

The Soap Aloe is also known as the Common Soap Aloe. It gets its name from the soapy lather that forms when its sap is mixed with water.

Apparently this aloe has a number of medicinal purposes and its leaves may be eaten.

It grows up to a metre in height and is often found in colonies.

The leaves of the Soap Aloe

Photo © Steven Herbert

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