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Botanical name

Aloe vera

Plant Care

Size

Categories

Flowers

January February October November December This plant bears yellow corolla flowers on a spike in Summer. 

Common name(s)

Aloe vera

Origin

Foliage

This plant has green to grey green, thick and fleshy foliage. 

Uses in landscape design

Looks very good in rockeries, makes a good addition in the medicinal garden and an excellent indoor plant for containers.

Planting instructions

Once big enough, plant out from trays 300mm apart, directly into well-dug, well drained soil with a little bit of manure added to the soil.

Maintenance

Occasional watering.

Soil conditions

Well drained

Uses

The sap of Aloe vera is widely used as an ingredient in cosmetics and beauty preparations, like shampoos, creams and suntan preparations.
Medicinal – Aloe juice is effective for expelling worms, relieving constipation and indigestion. It can also be applied to burns, scalds, rashes and heat rash. 

Interesting info

There are over 350 species of aloes. Aloes are very popular in South Africa and grow in many inhospitable places. Aloes are generally very hardy and grow well in dry, warm areas.

Propagation

Propagate from seeds, plant in spring in sand-filled trays. Germination is quick and easy, and needs to be kept moist until big enough to handle. Keep in the sun from early age.

Harvest

Leaves can be cut off as required, preferably from plants at least two years old.

January February October November December
This plant bears yellow corolla flowers on a spike in Summer. 

This plant has green to grey green, thick and fleshy foliage. 

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