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Aloe mudenensis

Category: Mosaic Aloes

USDA Hardiness Zones: 9b - 11


Aloe mudenensis native to the sandy soils in northern South Africa and Swaziland, is one of the most attractive species of short-stemmed, spotted aloes. This plant forms a short-stemmed rosette of bluish leaves with whitish markings and an erect, branched inflorescence with orange to red flowers.


A stem with rosettes emerging from it Aloe mudenensis may be single-headed, or it may put out a few offsets to form a small clump. Rosettes grow to a diameter of 1 to 2 feet (45 to 60 cm), with the spotted leaves becoming purplish-tinged in sunny positions. The leaves are straight, broad, 175 – 350 × 50 – 90 mm, with a bluish green color and have several scattered spots, especially on the upper surface. If Aloe mudenensis becomes too dry, the leaves will wrinkle up and the color will fade.


Aloe mudenensis inflorescence is branched, with up to 8 racemes and up to 1 meter tall. It's conical racemes are dense, and 175 mm (6+ inches) long. Bloom times vary from winter to spring depending on location with flower color varying from yellow-orange to orange to coral-red.

Origin / History

Aloe mudenensis, from the area near the town of Muden in the state of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

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Care / Cultivation

Position Aloe mudenensis in an area that gets full sun for at least half the day. The area must also have good drainage, such as a slope, a north-facing slope being the best. Despite Aloe mudenesis being a hardy plant, it still requires nutrients to thrive. The best way to ensure healthy plants is to prepare the soil correctly with organic compost before planting and then feed every few years. Regular irrigation, especially in dry weather, will keep them lush, however, if they are exposed to too much water, the leaves will drop or the whole plant will rot. They can also be propagated from seeds which germinate easily, if sown in well-drained soil and lightly covered with fine sand. This evergreen stemless aloe is water wise and fast growing if planted in the sun. It is easy to grow in warm temperate climates in USDA Zones 9 and above.

Frost Tenderness

It occurs in Northern Natal, so would need protection from frost.

Use in the Garden

Aloe mudenensis makes a great accent plant. It is also very suitable as a container plant and small aloes can be used very effectively as border plants at the edge of a bed. It would be ideal for small gardens.

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