Aloe vera-Medicinal Aloe
Native to the Mediterranean and to Africa,
this plant is considered synonymous with Aloe barbadensis.
A slow to moderate grower, the plant gradually forms a
rosette that consists of fleshy gray green leaves.
The 1’ to 2’ long leaves are narrow, succulent and
erect with soft spines on margins.
The flowers are spikes of yellow to 2-3' tall that occur
late winter to summer.
As the plants mature they are capable of forming large
The sap is often used for burns and abrasions, hence the
This aloe will tolerate full to partial shade, but
requires a gradual change from shade to sun. Good drainage
It will require some supplemental water in the heat of
the summer. Medicinal aloe is a great hummingbird attractor.