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Aloe vera

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My Aloe Vera plant that has grown too big to keep inside
It has not been happy since putting the pot the garden, as the leaves have turned dull green. Needs a new home....

Pot Size
0.5 litres

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Common names

First aid plant, Medicine plant, Bitter aloe

Description

Aloe vera (First aid plant). This species can grow 60cm high and produces rosettes of lance-shaped grey-green leaves which are toothed with many small white-ish spines and have pink-green margins. The surface of the leaves sometimes have small white flecks.
The long, tubular, yellow flowers appear in summer on spikes that can grow up to 90cm tall.

Also known as Aloe barbadensis, Aloe indica, Aloe perfoliata L. var. vera and Aloe vulgaris.

Cultivation

This plant needs a well drained, gritty potting mixture. Allow the soil to completely dry out between watering.

Interest and use

Known for its medicinal qualities, it is widely cultivated. The syrupy leaf juice is used in skin care products and for the treatment of burns.

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Aloe vera | Shepherds Bush, W6 | Copyright Greenplantswap 2017
  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Light, Medium, Sandy, Poor quality, Gritty
  • WaterDry

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