15 Not-So-Basic Succulents That Look Like Aloe

Aloe vera is everywhere. It’s in your drinks, your makeup, and your skincare products. It’s so pretty that you wouldn’t mind having it in your house too, but you already have a potted aloe vera from last Christmas. So, how about looking for other succulents that look like aloe and creating a beautiful collection?

We’ve scoured the internet for succulents that look like aloe veras, and we’ve found plenty of them. We believe that these amazing plants will definitely wow your visitors.

1.   Black Beauty – A Succulent for Wicked Royalty

Black beauty aloes look like long claws with sharp, dark purple tips. The base is usually green, giving an ombre appearance that we think is quite elegant.

It’s worth noting that this plant isn’t good at handling cold weather. So if you live in an area that experiences harsh winter, you’d better put the black beauties in pots you can bring indoors.

Aside from that, black beauty can be toxic to your pets. If you can get around these issues, this plant will be ideal for your collection.

2.   Christmas Carol – Aloe in a Christmas Costume

From above, Christmas Carols look like star-shaped Christmas decor. What’s super cool is that its color changes depending on the environment; turning redder the more stressed it gets.

The flowers on the Christmas Carol also look like fireworks, which makes us believe that this plant’s definitely celebrating something.

You can get a Christmas Carol as your secret Santa gift for this year; it’ll easily win the best gift in your group!

3.   Cape Aloe – The Super Succulent

Cape Aloe

Cape aloes don’t look like they’re wearing capes, but they’re practically superheroes. The plant has been used since ancient times for its medicinal benefits, particularly in South Africa.

Scientists are even studying the chances of commercializing the plant.

Despite all the benefits, we have to consider that cape aloes can grow up to ten feet or more. It’s better to have a backyard for accommodating this big boy.

4.   Zebra Hawthoria – Green and White Is In

Is there anything more beautiful than symmetry? With its bold white stripes, the Zebra Hawthoria makes for a stylish houseplant.

This succulent is quite easy to propagate. However, it does grow at a slow pace. If you’re patient enough to care for it, your zebra plant can survive up to 50 years.

5.   Gasteraloe – The One that Thrives on Neglect

Are you looking for a beginner-friendly indoor succulent? Then Twilight Zone Gasteraloe is the one for you.

Unlike the regular aloe vera with spines at the edges of its leaves, twilight zones are literally covered in them. But don’t worry, the spines are safe (and fun) to touch.

It’s important to know that this succulent may be susceptible to fungal infection in high-humidity areas. These will appear as black spots but they shouldn’t spread too quickly.

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6.   Lipstick Echeveria – Even Succulents Wear Makeup

You know when you put lipstick on and some of it gets on your teeth? We think that’s what happened to these succulents when they were putting theirs on.

Lipstick Echeveria plants look like their tips were brushed with deep crimson paint. This makes the plant look very striking and unique.

That being said, it needs at least eight hours of sunlight daily to maintain its color.

7.   Tiger Tooth – Bonsais for Aloes

Tiger Tooth succulent

Oh, how we love cute little plants. Tiger Tooth looks like an aloe vera, except it’s tiny.

These succulents will grow well indoors, which we think sounds like the best excuse to start a miniature windowsill garden.

Make sure to water your tiger tooth sparingly to prevent the roots from getting damaged.

8.   Little Warty – Warts That You Won’t Get Rid Of

Don’t laugh. Little Warty just has a bit of a reptilian look, okay? This plant grows well indoors and is easy to care for, which makes it a nice addition to your collection.

Plus, telling your neighbors that you grow your Little Warts sounds fun.

9.   Climbing Aloe – In Need of Some Support

Climbing Aloe plants basically look like aloe veras; however, they need a garden trellis to hold them up. Why should you buy such a plant then?

Well, it turns out you can keep a lot of unwanted visitors out with a wall of spiny plants. Another advantage is they have beautiful flowers you can enjoy looking at all year round.

Climbing aloe will make a good addition to your garden should you know how to regularly prune this fast-growing plant.

10.  Agave – Break the Marshmallows Out

A flame gently caressed by the breeze, there is motion and grace in the shape of Agave Blue Flames. Quite literally, they look like a small bonfire.

These elegant succulents can grow up to 3 ft tall and are good for border gardens. Make sure you plant them where no frost develops, though!

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11. Haworthia Venosa – When You’re Not Gifted With Height

Take an aloe vera, squish it down, and you get the Haworthia Venosa.  This small plant usually only grows up to 5 inches high.

Interestingly, clusters that look like baby clones will start popping out of the mother plant over time. When the plantlets are hanging off of the side of your pot, that’s when you know it’s time to repot them.

12. Gasteraloe Green Ice – The Perfect Blend

Gasteraloe Green Ice is a bigeneric hybrid, meaning it’s a blend between two different species.

Bigeneric hybrids occur rarely in the natural world, but they do happen. The idea is similar to when lions and tigers crossbreed and give birth to ligers.

Gasteraloe Green Ice ironically grows best in warm climates but it does make for an interesting plant to own.

13. Rubble Aloe – Different Every Single Time

Rubble Aloe plants are well known for having a completely different appearance depending on their growing conditions. As they’re difficult to identify, sometimes scientists mistake them for a whole other species.

Those that grow in shady areas appear green and wide while those exposed to full sun become bluish and compact.

This succulent is often found growing in rocky mountainous areas, hence the name.

14. Tiger’s Jaw – Tim Burton Is Gonna Love This

Tiger’s Jaw succulent

To be able to survive in dry environments, Tiger’s Jaw utilizes its teeth-looking spines to collect condensation in the air. The concave shape of the leaves catches any droplets of water and directs them to the roots.

If an aloe could star in a horror movie, we think this would be it. Pretty cool if you ask us.

15. Doran Black – If Succulents Could Blush

We don’t know who came up with the name but Doran Black is quite the opposite of what it should have been.

Characterized by its ethereal ghostly white leaves, this succulent looks like a dancing lady. That, or a gecko. You decide.

That being said, we do know that this plant starts to turn pink when it’s exposed to excessive sunlight. Sounds rather shy.

Final Thoughts

Who would have known that there could be so much variety to succulents?

You could assume that it’s an aloe but it’s actually a completely different plant. Plus, those that are in the same species can look different depending on the environment.

Even if they look similar, the succulents that we discussed today each have their own unique twist that sets them apart from the rest.

We’re sure that there are plenty more weird and wonderful succulents that look like aloes out there. We hope that our list gave you a little bit of inspiration to seek them out!