A beautiful large stemmed aloe, 3-6 m tall with serrated blueish leaves , the head is always tilted to one side. The inflorescence is a short, cylindrical raceme about 500 mm long, densely packed with flowers. Flowering from early spring, the inflorescence is solitary, but one rosette can produce up to four inflorescences. The buds are a deep red when young and mature to green with white stripes, the dark orange stamens protruding from the flowers. Aloe speciosa grows from Swellendam in the western Cape to the Kei river in the eastern Cape.