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Aloe maculata

Plant suitable for use on Green Roofs in the Durban Area

Aloe maculata

Aloe maculata
is one of a number of plant species which are presently being tested for their suitability to be grown as Green Roof plants in the Durban region that have initially shown good results. They all occur naturally within a radius of 50 km of the Durban city centre

Aloe maculata is a leaf succulent found growing in full sun in grassland and on steep exposed road cuttings in and around Durban often very close to the sea. They are able to withstand a far amount of competition from other plants provided that they do not become too shaded.

Growth habit

They grow as low to medium growing individual plants in small colonies, they reproduce by means of root suckers and by means of seed .

Decorative value
These plants are most decorative having medium glossy green leaves and a very neat growth habit, they produce spectacular orange flowers in profusion in mid winter

Drought resistance

In their natural habitat they are able to withstand long periods of drought due to being leaf succulents as well as having a good root system with a good water storage capacity

Disease and pest resistance
They are rather prone to attack by scale and mealy bug that attacks the roots, these mealy bugs appear to be introduced to the plants by ants which tend and protect them from their natural enemies. They are also attached by leaf miner insects.

Suitability as Green Roof plants
Initial testing has produced encouraging results

Biodiversity value in the Green Roof landscape
They create robust habitat and protection for other green roof dwellers. Their flowers attract pollinating insects in particular honey bees and should attract White Bellied and Black Sun birds which feed on their nectar in their natural surroundings.

Cautions and precautions in the Green Roof application
The roots could possibly pose a problem if inadequate protection is taken to prevent root penetration into the waterproof layer.

Ecoman Durban Indigenous Landscape Design Consultant

Bio-Diverse Indigenous Landscaping I design landscapes and gardens that are Bio-Diverse as well as being pleasing to the eye

Landscapes and Gardens that are Nature Friendly

I use my many years of landscape planning and design as well as landscape construction experience coupled to my vast knowledge of the requirements of nature to create habitat suitable for birds, butterflies and other creatures to live and breed in.


I always apply the basic principles of good landscape design to create an aesthetically pleasing garden that at the same time satisfies the living requirements of the target creatures that I would like to attract. My speciality is to attract birds, butterflies and solitary bees. I design and build Bio-Diverse Roof Gardens


So let Ecoman design and create a garden for you that will be a haven for wildlife such as birds, butterflies, frogs and lizards in the number of species comparable to Kruger National Park.

For all of your Green Roof requirements contact Michael Hickman Specialist in Green Roof Technology at +27 82 061 2593 or email at info@ecoman.co.za

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