Aloe vera – Medicinal Aloe, Barbados Aloe, First Aid Plant, Bitter Aloe, Wand of Heaven, Miracle Plant

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Scientific Name

Aloe vera (L.) Burm.f.

Common Names

Aloe Vera, Medicinal Aloe, Barbados Aloe, Chinese Aloe, Indian Aloe, Medicine Plant, True Aloe, Burn Aloe, First Aid Plant, Bitter Aloe, Wand of Heaven, Miracle Plant, Savila

Synonyms 

Aloe vera var. chinensis, Aloe vulgaris, Aloe vera var. lanzae, Aloe indica, Aloe barbadensis var. chinensis, Aloe vera var. wratislaviensis, Aloe elongata, Aloe vera var. littoralis, Aloe perfoliata var. vera, Aloe perfoliata var. barbadensis, Aloe flava, Aloe chinensis, Aloe barbadensis, Aloe lanzae

Scientific Classification

Family: Xanthorrhoeaceae
Subfamily: Asphodeloideae
Genus: Aloe

Aloe vera

Description

Aloe vera is a stemless or very short-stemmed succulent plant growing to 24 – 39 inches (60 – 100 cm) tall, spreading by offsets. The leaves are thick and fleshy, green to grey-green, with some varieties showing white flecks on the upper and lower stem surfaces. The margin of the leaf is serrated and has small white teeth. The flowers are produced in summer on a spike up to 35 inches (90 cm) tall, each flower being pendulous, with a yellow tubular corolla 0.8 – 1.2 inches (2 – 3 cm) long.

Growing and Care

Aloe is a very forgiving plant, and a well-grown Aloe can be quite beautiful. As with all succulents, it’s essential that Aloe is never allowed to sit in stagnant water, and the plant should be carefully monitored to watch for signs of overwatering… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Aloe.

Uses

Aloe vera has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. Native to North Africa, Southern Europe, and the Canary Islands, today Aloe vera is grown in tropical climates worldwide. From relieving heartburn to slowing the spread of cancer… – See more at: 7 Amazing Uses for Aloe Vera.

Origin

Native to the arid regions of north-eastern and southern parts of Africa and Madagascar.

Links

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