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|Soil||Sandy, Cactus Mix|
|Watering Frequency||Summer mainly|
|Suitable for Bonsai||
Aloe vera is a succulent plant that originated in the Arabian Peninsula, but is now grown world wide. It is an important agricultural crop, with its extracts used in everything from shaving foam to cosmetics. It makes an excellent house plant, and will definitely reward your care.
Like other succulents, Aloe vera is an evergreen perennial. It is stemless, and grows in rosettes. It reaches between 61–99 cm tall (24–39 inches).
The leaves are thick and fleshy, green in colour and with serrated edges. They make a wonderful, eye-catching display.
Aloe vera flowers during the summer, when it produces its blooms on long spikes which can grow up to 89 cm long (35 inches). The blooms themselves are yellow tubes which droop from the ends of the spikes.
Aloe vera is used in a wide variety of products, including shampoo, ointments, skin lotions, cosmetics, and even beverages. It is an extremely popular plant, despite the complete lack of scientific evidence for any of the health benefits that are ascribed to it.
- The earliest mention of Aloe vera in medicine is in the Ebers medical papyrus, which dates from the 16th century BCE
- This plant can be toxic if ingested in large quantities
- Admire it. Don't eat or drink it