Growing and caring for torch lilies is easy enough for newbie gardeners too. So what is a red hot poker torch lily and how do you grow red hot. Aloe aculeata. Native to South Africa and the hot, dry mountains of Zimbabwe, Aloe aculeata or Red Hot Poker Aloe, is found in rocky areas and grasslands in its native habitat, and looks like a stunning sculpture when planted in any landscape. When in bloom, birds and butterflies. Upon arriving in San Diego just before Christmas, one of the first things I noticed was a profusion of striking Red Hot Pokers in flower; they were.