Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis)

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Aloe vera is a succulent plant that belongs to the genus Aloe, which contains over 500 species. Aloe vera is native to the Arabian peninsula, but it grows in tropical, subtropical, and arid climates around the world. It is also cultivated for agricultural and medicinal uses.

Botanical Name
Aloe barbadensis
Plant Type
The height typically ranges from 1 to 3 feet (30 to 90 centimeters).
Thick, fleshy, green leaves with serrated edges
Warm and dry
Sun Exposure
Full sun to partial shade
Soil Requirements
Well-drained, sandy, and slightly acidic
Hardiness Zones
Flower Color
Yellow, orange, or red
Foliage Color
Season Features
Special Features
Drought-tolerant, ornamental, medicinal
  • The leaves grow in a rosette arrangement. They are grey-green, sometimes with white spots. Along the leaf edges, you’ll find sharp, pinkish spines.
  • Aloe vera blooms during spring and summer. Its flowers attract pollinators like bees and hummingbirds.
  • Aloe vera leaves are thick and succulent. They store water, allowing the plant to survive in arid conditions.
  • Aloe vera can be propagated through offsets (small plantlets that grow at the base of mature plants). Cuttings from healthy leaves can also be used for propagation.
  • The gel from aloe vera leaves is used in skincare products, including lotions, creams, and sunburn treatments. Aloe vera juice is consumed for its potential health benefits.
  • Aloe vera is generally resilient but can suffer from overwatering or root rot. Watch out for pests like mealybugs and aphids.

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