It occurs quite widely over the southern parts of the Cape Floristic Region, in the Eastern Cape Province and Western Cape Province of South Africa. It is also found on rocky slopes in coastal and Karoo areas.
The Coral aloe's species name, "striata", means "stripes", and refers to the long lines (sometimes very faint) on its blue-green leaves. The leaves of this Aloe are not toothed, but have a smooth pink margin.
Aloe striata is cultivated as a popular ornamental plant for gardens and in container plantings. It is drought tolerant which makes it especially useful in our water limited Cape gardens.