Name Aloe Vera
Botanical Name Aloe vera syn. A barbadensis
Native to Origin is obscure, but typically found in tropical to subtropical regions in dry, sunny locations
Water Water when soil is dry
Sun Full sun; part shade
Soil Light, gritty soil; must be well-drained
Height 2-3 feet
Width 3 feet
Space 3 feet
4" pots: $2.20
6" pots: $5.00
Clay pots and planters: Prices vary
Very fleshy, elongated, medium- green leaves with lighter green spots. Leaves have spiked edges and pointy ends. A long tubular spike with a series of yellow flowers emerges in summer (typically only flowers in full sun).
Will Tolerate &
Keeping in Going
1. Does not need much attention
2. Re-pot plants as they grow
3. For in ground plants, don't water unless the soil is extremely dry.
1. Soil that is consistently moist
2. Temperatures that drop below 41 degrees F. will weaken the plant
Points of Interest
1. Uses: Medicinal and cosmetic
2. The sap promotes the healing of wounds, burns, insect stings, sunburn
eczema, and other minor skin irritations
3. The sap contains: polysaccharides which boost the immune system; minerals; antioxidant vitamins (C, E, B12), beta carotene and lignin (which aids in penetrating the skin)
4. The ancient Egyptians used aloe as an embalming ingredient
5. Aloe was introduced to Europe in the 10th century and was used medicinally.
6. CAUTION: Pregnant women should not take Aloe gel internally.