Red Hot Poker Aloe (Aloe aculeata)
Red Hot Poker Aloe
- Other common names include Prickly Aloe, Sekope, Ngopane
- Synonym Aloe aculeata Pole-Evans
- One of the most well-known aloes to South Africans
- Large and showy plant
- Easy to grow
- Attracts birds and butterflies
- Can be found in Gibraltar Botanic Gardens
Native to South Africa and the hot, dry mountains of Zimbabwe, Aloe aculeata or Red Hot Poker Aloe, is found in rocky areas and grasslands in its native habitat, and looks like a stunning sculpture when planted in any landscape in Houston. When in bloom, birds and butterflies are attracted to the beautiful reddish-orange tubular flowers! This aloe plant is easily identifiable by its subdued green to turquoise leaves and how each rosette arches upward like a bowl. We like to plant them in raised beds, in rock gardens, or grown in a decorative pot and placed on bright decks, balconies or windowsills. These aloes are a perfect addition to any low maintenance or succulent garden!
Aloe aculeata is very easy to grow and maintain. They prefer light shade to full sun exposures, and when the light is optimal, this aloe turns to a lovely red or orange color. Once established, they are drought tolerant and require little to moderate watering. These aloes bloom in autumn and winter, so they are excellent for adding winter interest to any landscape!
Visit any of our nurseries throughout Houston, and we will be glad to help you handpick the perfect Aloe aculeata and the other trees and plants that are grown and nurtured right here in our local climate, and ready to thrive in your landscape. Free home and business landscape design consultations are available at our nurseries, so let us show you how a beautiful landscape can increase property value. Relax while the Big Tex professional planting crew does all the work and come home to scenic view!