Aloe Vera

Aloe vera

Barbados Aloe, Bitter Aloe, Burn Plant, Coastal Aloe, Common Aloe, Curaçao Aloe, Indian Aloe, Jaffarabad Aloe, Medicinal Aloe, Mediterranean Aloe, Star Cactus, True Aloe, Unguentine Cactus

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Considered to be one of the best-known species, Aloe vera is famous for its medicinal uses. It is cultivated worldwide and grows best in Mediterranean environments. The gel and skin of the leaves are used to treat burns, wounds and eczema, whilst the juice of the leaves is traditionally used as a purgative medicine. This evergreen perennial species produces fleshy leaves arranged in a rosette, coloured dull green, edged with spines and sometimes flecked with green markings. Flowers are produced on vertical racemes. They are green-yellow or red in colour, tubular and measure around 3 cm long. This species has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit. It has a tufted habit and is frost-tender, keep above freezing temperatures. Plant in a position of bright, indirect light and well-draining soil for optimal growth. Water when the soil has thoroughly dried out for best results.

Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer

Harvesting

Seeds should be allowed to dry for at least 3 months after flowering before they are harvested.

Propagation

Division

Remove offsets gently from the mother plant and replant in the desired position in the garden or in pots.

Special features

Attracts birds

Hummingbirds are attracted by the nectar that is produced by the flowers.

Pot plant

Plant in pots that will allow sufficient drainage. Preferrably used wider pots as opposed to deep pots.

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Special features

Origin

Lebanon-Syria, Saudi Arabia and Yemen

Environment

Light

Partial Sun, Full Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Asphodelaceae

Flower colour

Yellow, Red, Green

Scent

None

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