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  • Aloe vera | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019
  • Aloe vera | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019
  • Aloe vera | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019
  • Aloe vera | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019

Features

  • BloomsJune to August
  • Height0.6m to 0.7m
  • Spread0.1m to 1m
  • Growth HabitUpright rosette
  • Flower ColourYellow
  • Leaf ColourGrey green
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

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.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Succulent or Cactus

Other common names

Medicine plant, Bitter aloe

Origin

Tropical and sub-tropical regions

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 | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019
  • Aloe vera | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019
  • Aloe vera | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019
  • Aloe vera | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019

Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Light, Medium, Sandy, Poor quality, Gritty
  • WaterDry

Cultivation

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

Propagation

By seed or by offset.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Mealy bugs

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