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Aloe, Barbados Aloe, Kitchen Aloe

Aloe vera
Interior Succulents

If your childhood didn't involve cutting a leaf from your grandparents' aloe vera plant and smearing the juice on a burn or cut, then we strongly advise acquiring one now to make up for lost time.  While it can be treated as an outdoor annual in our area, it's commonly grown as an interior potted perennial for its ease of care and minor soothing properties.  

(Detailed plant information can be found at the bottom of the page.)
Aloe vera

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Aloe vera Plant Information

Scientific Name: Aloe vera
Common Name: aloe

Barbados aloe

kitchen aloe
Family: Aloaceae
Suggested Uses: container plantings, herbs
Plant Form: upright, curved
Height: 12 - 36 inches
Spread: 12 - 36 inches
Foliage: clustering rosettes of thick, succulent, leathery, straplike leaves of 6-24 inches

leaves are green with white dots and are edged with spines

coarse-textured foliage
Flower: yellow bell-like flowers, but rarely blooms when pot-grown
Bloom Period: Winter
Light Requirement: high - medium exposure
Water: low water requirement
Soil: well-drained soil


allow soil to become dry between waterings
Heat Tolerance: high heat tolerance
USDA Zone: zones 9 - 11
Native Range: North Africa
Maintenance: requires little care

move inside in temperatures below 50 degrees

propagation by stem cuttings
Pests & Pathology: susceptible to root rot

bacterial leaf spots in overly moist conditions
Additional Notes: common indoor potted plant

perennial grown as an annual when outdoors

tolerates salt

bitter yellow juice in leaves used in cosmetics and ointments

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