Aloe vera

Accession Count: 77
Common Name: Aloe Vera
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Family Name: Xanthorrhoeaceae
Botanical Name: Aloe vera
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Characteristics: Aloe vera is a short-stemmed succulent, with pale grayish-green leaves. Aloe’s leaves have small spines along the outside edges and occasionally have white flecks (1).
Compound: Alo bar
Geographic Origin: Mediterranean
Ecozone Origin: Afrotropic
Biome Origin: Desert
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Cultivation Notes: Aloe vera is a succulent, meaning the plant favors dry conditions to allow the plant to store water. The plant favors full sun to partial sun and is better suited for warmer conditions. Aloe vera reproduces through the root system, meaning young Aloe vera plants will appear around the base of the plant. The new plants make transplanting and cuttings an easy way to increase reproduction of the plant. Aloe vera can be grown indoors or outdoors, as long as, there is enough sunlight, dry soil and minimal watering (2).
Ethnobotany: Aloe vera has been used for food and herbal remedies, but has been recently used for food supplements and cosmetics. Aloe gel is effectively used topically to treat burns, psoriasis and frostbite (1). In the past, Aloe’s exterior leaf has been used as a laxative, but research has shown it can have harmful effects with other medicines and herbal remedies (1). Aloe vera is a great ornamental succulent for any desert garden or patio planters.

Height: 0 - 5 feet
Width: 0 - 5 feet
Growth Rate: Moderate Growing
Grow Season: Spring
Flower Season: Spring
Color: Yellow
Function: Patio
Spread: Spreading
Allergen: Non-allergenic
Invasive: Benign
Toxicity: Benign
Hardy: Semi-hardy
Water Use: Low water Use

Citations:
1.) http://powo.science.kew.org/taxon/urn:lsid:ipni.org:names:530017-1 Nov. 2, 2017 
2.) https://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/garden/how-to-grow-aloe-vera/slide/1 Nov. 3, 2017
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Aloe vera