Soap Aloe

South Africa

General description

Perennial succulent. Leaves are < 30 x 12 cm, dark green or purple tinged, grey-blue frosted, white-spotted, toothed and form a dense rosette. Flowers are yellow/orange/pink/red, erect turning to drooping and borne in racemes produced by tall, branched inflorescences.

What you need to know

To help protect our environment, after the RPMP has been operational for two years, you:

  • will not be allowed to breed, distribute, release or sell snow poppy within the Auckland region.
  • will not be allowed to plant snow poppy within the Auckland region, unless you are transferring an existing plant on your land to another location within the boundaries of the same property.
  • must destroy any snow poppy on land that you occupy if it has been planted in breach of the above rules and you are directed to do so by an authorised person.

Coastal habitats, cliffs, rocky outcrops, grasslands, open forest.

Vegetative spread. Human-mediated dispersal through dumping of garden waste and deliberate plantings.

Potential to displace native vegetation. May impact fauna through altering habitat structure and resource availability.

Site Management

Follow up treated areas 3 times per year. Encourage natural regeneration of native plants or replant treated areas where possible after 2-3 treatments to establish dense ground cover and minimise reinvasion.

Recommended approaches

Physical control

Method: Dig out

Plant parts requiring disposal: All parts

Disposal options: Small amounts can be rotted in a covered water barrel or remove to greenwaste or landfill


Biocontrol is currently not available for this species.

Community agrichemical control recommendations

Basic Growsafe certified
For small infestations:
Foliar spray with 3g metsulfuron-methyl plus 150ml glyphosate per 10L of water

Certified Handler/Experienced agrichemical user
For medium to large infestations:
Foliar spray with 3g metsulfuron-methyl plus 150ml glyphosate per 10L of water and 10ml penetrant

CAUTION: When using any herbicide or pesticide please read the label thoroughly to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

RPMP status

Whole region (Sustained Control)
Hauraki Gulf Controlled Area Notice pest
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