Tiger Aloe

Tiger Aloe


Gonialoe variegata (Tiger Aloe)

Gonialoe variegata (Tiger Aloe), formerly known as Aloe variegata, is a small, stemless succulent with 18 to 24 smooth dark-green or brown…

Tiger Aloe Information

Tiger aloe will amaze and delight the gardener with a penchant for succulents. This variety has the classic sword-shaped thick leaves and healing sap boasted by more common varieties.

Variegated tiger aloe blooms from July through September in its native habits of Namibia and South Africa. Home grown plants will produce similarly with good care and bright sunlight.

The arrangement of the leaves provides an interesting tidbit of tiger aloe information. They are generally produced in three sets of six to eight leaves around a central rosette. The slightly serrated edges and thick waxy coated foliage sport mottled white and green patterns.

Tiger aloe plants may get 12 inches high and around 9 inches wide. The flowers are borne on a stiff slender stalk and may be pink, orange or a salmon pink. Leaves are 4 to 6 inches long and just a couple of inches wide. In their natural range, they are found in gritty soils where rainfall is infrequent. They can withstand periods of drought by storing moisture in their leaves and conserving it with a waxy cuticle over the foliage.

Aloe Juvenna Features: An overview

  • Aloe Juvenna plants can grow to about 30.5 cm (12 inches) tall and 61 cm (24 inches) wide. They are not fast growers at first, but once they get going, they produce offsets quickly.
  • Tiger Tooth Aloe is a fun Aloe that thrives in warm and dry climates. It’s very challenging and adapts easily to new environments.
  • Aloe Tiger Tooth has many short, straight, triangle-shaped leaves, which cover the stems completely.
  • Its“teeth” are spines that form along the leaves’ edges, making the rosette look like a tiger’s jaws.
  • When “happily stressed”, the green leaves of Aloe Tiger Tooth turn reddish-brown in reaction to prolonged droughts or cool temperatures.
  • Three key elements can create stress colors: light, water and temperature. When succulents are exposed to an unusual amount of any of these three factors, they will respond by producing unique colors.
  • Tiger Tooth Aloe produces coral-orange to red blossoms that form on long stems.

Gonialoe Species, Aloe, Partridge Breast Aloe, Tiger Aloe

Family: Asphodelaceae (as-foh-del-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Gonialoe
Species: variegata (var-ee-GAY-tuh) (Info)
Synonym:Aloe ausana
Synonym:Aloe punctata
Synonym:Aloe variegata
Synonym:Aloe variegata var. haworthii
Synonym:Tulista variegata


Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs Water regularly do not overwater

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USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual


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Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Allow pods to dry on plant break open to collect seeds

Allow seedheads to dry on plants remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Rowland Heights, California

Gardeners' Notes:

On Jan 21, 2015, poeciliopsis from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

Central Phoenix -- Aloe variegata grows well in my garden in shade of a deciduous tree with water once a month in summer and none in winter. It has been in this location since 1991, has moderately suckered, and blooms reliably. It is unprotected in winter and has weathered several hard frosts with no damage. I have also tried it in full shade, where it has survived, but not prospered.

On May 14, 2011, Little_things from Port Elizabeth,
South Africa (Zone 10a) wrote:

Plant is easy to grow if kept in well-drained soil and not over-watered. They grow in the dry regions of South Africa and S. Namibia. In the Karoo, I've seen them growing almost all the time in or under small bushes. They usually flower end winter, early spring. They are easy to cultivate from seed.

On Jul 14, 2009, baiissatva from Dunedin,
New Zealand wrote:

Coastal Otago, New Zealand zone 9ish
Having just gone out in the middle of winter to move some of my other more diva-ish aloes, I noticed that my partridge aloe (potted) seems to be impervious to cold, not to mention hail, the other succulent enemy we have to deal with on a regular basis down here. It also seems a little larger and more luxuriant than those in the pics supplied, and I can only put this down to regular thorough watering, since it gets no other attention. Its definitely the same variety. Its sat out all winter through storms, minor frosts and week-long soakings.
It's so pretty with its painted-on-looking markings, but I take mine completely for granted since purchasing it's great grandmother around 10 years ago and busily distributing her offsets ever sinc. read more e. Ive had up to ten offsets at one time, all rooting easily and going on to flourish.
A great beginner aloe, or a plant for a child that shows an interest in gardening. They look great massed as a low border in a succulent bed and being pretty nonspiky, they lend themselves to high traffic areas.
Ive found theyre not too keen on being roasted in hi UV situations tho', so give them a little shade in high summer.

On Dec 30, 2006, Tjsangel1 from Warren, OH wrote:

My favorite Aloe. It's very easy to grow, I water once a month and keep it outdoors in bright sunlight in summer. This is the second time in 9 months my Aloe is going to flower! How cool is that : )

On Feb 19, 2005, CaptMicha from Brookeville, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

Makes a great, almost no care houseplant if desired although, without bright enough lighting (atleast I believe it to be the problem) the . blades. can become leggy and pale.

On Aug 20, 2004, greenlarry from Darlington,
United Kingdom wrote:

I have grown this aloe in the past. It makes an attractive plant with good red flowers. Much underrated due to its common-ness.

On Mar 21, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Very easy to grow aloe (though have rotted my share of these), and one of the most commonly sold in nurseries (at least in Southern California). Completely smooth plant with only the tiniest white, firm, blunt teeth. Leaves tend to be thick and triangular with a 'V' shape in cross section. Leaf margins, where dinky teeth are, have wide, ornamental white line. Spotting on leaves is often in horizontal bands in a 'tiger-stripe' pattern. Flowers are pinkish to pale red, either compact (high light situations) or spread out (low light situations) but usually single or possibly with a single branch, and here in So Cal come out mid winter.

Seed of this species differs from most other aloes in having very large 'wings' presumably to increase wind dispersion. Each seed pod is. read more crammed full of little seeds in large, flat semiclear envelopes.

Lovely accent plant, tolerates extremely dry conditions. Loves bright light.

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