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Aloe vera

Family: Aloaceae
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: vera (VER-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Aloe barbadensis
Synonym:Aloe vulgaris
Synonym:Aloe indica
Synonym:Aloe lanzae
Synonym:Aloe perfoliata var. barbadensis

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189 members have or want this plant for trade.

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Cactus and Succulents

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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27 positives
4 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive IslandTransplant On Jul 30, 2013, IslandTransplant from Staniel Cay
Bahamas (Zone 12a) wrote:

This plant is grown extensively on the Exuma cay where I live. It is used medicinally both orally and topically. It is very hardy and almost impossible to kill down here. It grows in the shade, in the full sun, in sand, holes in the rock, and in "good" soil. It is an excellent source of food for local birds. The Bananquits and Hummingbirds love it!

Positive dvcmck On Mar 5, 2013, dvcmck from white oak, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I have Chinensis variety. Some call it Indian Medicinal Aloe. It has orange flowers. It looks exactly like the juvenile aloe vera but never grows very large. I've never seen it much over a foot tall. It offsets to the point that a pot of it always looks jammed full of plants. I've never seen this plant for sale retail. It appears to be a pass-along plant. Since it stays small it is easily grown on a windowsill. Very easy to grow and propagate. It has the medicial properties of the large yellow flowered aloe vera but is much easier to accomodate as a house plant due to its smaller size.

Positive glb360 On Oct 24, 2012, glb360 from Grand Prairie, TX wrote:

I live in Grand Prairie, TX (zone 8b). What started as a "rescue" from the big-box store's clearance rack in the garden department, has turned into a beautiful plant that's ready for a bigger pot. The only "negative" I have experienced is that the tips received a little frostbite during the winter (I leave it outside) but it came back to life in the Spring and handled the drought with flying colors. Now I am waiting for it to bloom.

Positive Dinu On Sep 11, 2012, Dinu from Mysore
India (Zone 10a) wrote:

The gel in the leaves makes a very good material for shaving the beard. Instead of shaving cream, this can be used to wonderful effect. Very useful plant to have in the yard.

Neutral palmbob On Jul 18, 2012, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

according to Aloes, the Definitive Guide (2012), Aloe vera plants with red flowers are no longer Aloe vera, but more likely Aloe officinalis. I am hesitant to request all red flowering plants be moved yet, though, as this is the first I have heard of this. Anyway, they are saying that Aloe vera only make yellow flowers.

Interestingly this is one of the only Aloes (perhaps the only one) that cannot be grown from seed. Aloe vera does not produce viable seed and has not for centuries... all new plants are the result of offsets. It is a prolific off-setter, though. It is presumed that constant genetic manipulation over the eons has lead to this sterile 'species' we now recognize as Aloe vera.

Positive jazzy1okc On Jul 17, 2012, jazzy1okc from Oklahoma City, OK wrote:

I, too, was an aloe vera murderer until I realized that they like cactus soil, good drainage, infrequent watering, and indirect sun when placed outside for the summer. When our Ukrainian college student fell in love with a tiny aloe vera in a very tiny pot three years ago, I was terrified that I would somehow kill the poor thing. However, since that time, it has outgrown three pots and now resides in a 14 inch pot where it is raising its babies with the help of this proud grandma! Our "daughter" Lyuba has since married and moved to France, but Hello Vera is here to remind us of the joy she brought to our home.

Positive sassypants On Jun 30, 2011, sassypants from Clinton, AR wrote:

I love my Aloe plant! I bought it when it was only about 2 inches in height and in a very tiny pot. That was about 4 yrs ago. It has since been transplanted to larger and larger pots. I waited til she was root bound and gave her a bigger home. That night she seemed to relax and spread out and say "oh thank you!" The last time I transplanted her she produced several babies. I finally transplanted them and they are thriving also. She has produced more. So far she has produced 12.
I use to kill every Aloe Vera plant I got. I finally realized there is a reason for it. Since it is the right kind to use for Aloe Vera juice. I have started drinking it and have already noticed the difference in my energy level, curbing my appetite and my allergies and asthma don't seem to be as bad.
She has a spread of about 3 ft and is about 2.5 ft tall. I live in North Central Arkansa in zone 6b. This summer I have put her outside. But will have to bring her back in in the winter. I told my husband we'll have to put some wheels under her to make it easier to move her! I love it!

Positive tinkerbelle122 On Apr 18, 2011, tinkerbelle122 from Las Vegas, NV (Zone 9a) wrote:

Bought four 1 gallon plants at Star Nursery here in Vegas last spring and planted them in our newly redesigned desert/xeric front yard landscape.. Just yesterday I removed the 19 YES, 19 baby plants these four plants produced, some of which are quite large~ I plan on using them in the backyard landscape and should have plenty to trade/share!! These plants made it through the winter here nicely and I didn't cover them. I have them on a drip system and each has their own emitter. They are watered twice a week for five minutes and I'll check with my husband... but more in the middle of the summer. I'll post some pics. Mine seem a little more purple/grey/ brown than the other pic on here but I just checked the receipt and it says, "Aloe barbadensis" These are a GREAT bargain for your money as they will keep having babies and producing more plants! If you live near Vegas and want to trade/share with me please let me know!~ I'm starting to post reviews b/c I've noticed that the Vegas info is really lacking on here! If you're like me and just browsing (like i did for over a year) please get an account- it's free & easy. Sign in when you "browse" and share your info so we can figure out what works in Vegas!

Neutral annlof On Mar 21, 2011, annlof from Camarillo, CA wrote:

Aloe vera is extremely tough, and the yellow flowers are attractive for several months in the wintertime. However, this plant becomes a veritable Hilton Hotel for snails! Although they don't seem to bother the aloe itself, they love to hide in the dark crevasses between the leaves by day, and after dark come forth to munch on other plants. It's impossible to pick them out by hand as the leaves are quite spiny.

These plants can go a long time without irrigation if nights are cool, but I try to give mine a good soaking every couple of weeks in the summer to keep the leaves plump and looking fresh.

Positive tvksi On Jul 1, 2010, tvksi from Paris, TX (Zone 7b) wrote:

I use aloe vira Medicinal leaves immediately when cold sores appear, sunburn, poison ivey rash, scrapes, small wounds, and skin conditioner. Allways have excellent results.

Positive bonehead On Nov 21, 2009, bonehead from Cedarhome, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

No household should be without an aloe plant. I keep mine indoors as a winter houseplant, moving it out to the front porch during the summer.

Positive DracoVolans On Aug 17, 2009, DracoVolans from Crestline, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

As a testement to the durability and sheer unkillableness of this plant, I'll tell you how I got mine. I'm an occasional "dumpster-diver" and I've retrieved many a poor, neglected plant over the years. I acquired a very wilted, nearly dried out aloe vera this way and I've since had this plant, or portions of it, for nearly twenty-years. I've divided and sub-divided it a half-dozen times since I got it, gave away I don't know how many spawn and it's STILL going strong.

In fact, since I've moved to California (bringing yet another series of spawn, leaving the parent back in Winnipeg with my ex-roomie), my aloe has not only changed in colour to a lovely green-and-pale red, it's thickened and shot up at least six inches, making it more than a foot high. I'm not sure how big it'll get in it's now-cramped 1/4 gallon pot (it's paired up with an also growing like mad Haworthia attenuata zebra variety), but I might have to sub-divide this guy again. I'm planning on getting an attractive four-gallon or larger pot and spreading my lovely out to see how she'll do in better space. Maybe she'll flower, as I've never seen any blossoms from this or it's babies in all the time I've had it. I had no idea aloes bloomed at all until I came to this site!

Positive agentdonny007 On Oct 8, 2008, agentdonny007 from Las Vegas, NV (Zone 8b) wrote:

Great plant for desert landscape or container gardening. I've found the leaves look happier with protection from full day sun and regular water. Be careful watering any plants in the desert with high temperatures due to susceptibility to root rot. I've learned the hard way over the years...LOL:) High temperature and lots of frequent water does not equal happy plants. Protect from frost or it will usually come back from roots.

Positive JamesPark On Aug 19, 2008, JamesPark from Auckland
New Zealand (Zone 9a) wrote:

Aloe Barbadensis grows well in the Southwest of the United Kingdom. During a wet winter, the leaves may turn slightly yellow but quickly recover during spring. Plants produce many offsets in one growing season and can fill the surrounding area in a few years.

Positive debnsheba On Aug 10, 2008, debnsheba from New York, NY wrote:

So far I love my aloe plant. I haven't had it long so I have not yet propogated. I keep reading about aloe vera plants "throwing babies". What does that mean?!

Positive mcdannells On Jun 8, 2008, mcdannells from Central Oregon, OR wrote:

I love this plant and had always tried to keep at least one around.
My "mother" keeps throwing "babies" and this is a big trader of mine in are area.
I use this plant on scraps and boo boos almost daily. I have also frozen the leaves to use at a later date.
Only thing to watch out for is root rot.
This is inside plant for me.
If letting one "baby" take off with thinning ("babies") it does give off a thicker even darker green appearance. At least in my garden. In containers it seams to like to be "snug". I transplant when I see roots growing out the bottom.
I have many of these plants for I use them. I am trying to leave one alone to see how it grows.......see if I can?

This is growing in a controlled environment temps are 80 and reach 90 year round with daily misting. Some of these plants are in direct light while others are in indirect light with 12/12 light schedule. Tested them in 24/0 light and they did not like this and did not like drying out.
Regular feeding monthly of miracle grow which is doing great for these.
Newly transplanted "babies" are in trays with constant water at the bottom of the trays and these are in the indirect light.
These also seam to like the high humidity......

Positive nolafwug On Oct 2, 2007, nolafwug from Metairie, LA wrote:

Our aloe survived Hurricane Katrina. When we finally got back to our apartment it was almost completely gray/brown, I think because trees came down and exposed it to too much sun and there was no rain for weeks. I kept it and it has actually rejuvenated to a brilliant shade of green and grown nicely since then. It is a symbol of hope and rebirth to us now.

Positive mneumann On Nov 3, 2006, mneumann from Houston, TX wrote:

I've cured an abscess the size of a golfball on the foreleg of a feral cat using a 50/50 mixture of the 'clear' Aloe-vera gel (not juice) and olive oil which was added to it's food twice a day (1 tablespoon each time).

Before treatment, the injury was oozing/not healing for the good part of a year before the severe swelling from infection occured. The wound was healed in '2 weeks' with the aloe laced food and as a side effect all the cats eating this mixture had developed beautiful glossy thick fur.

As a cautionary note: the yellow juice may be poisonous to many animals so use only the 'clear gel' found in the leaves, rinsing the juice off the gel (in a strainer or similar) with cold tap water. The juice is primarily found in the lower portion or base of the leaves.

Positive bpereztab On Oct 15, 2006, bpereztab from Lakeland, FL wrote:

I live in central Fl and a neighbor gave me an aloe years ago. These plants do well in clay pots. They grow and multiplied quickly in poor soil with minimal care.. When we moved, I took the plants with us. These prolific mutipliers have since taken over. I do mind because they stay in one area. Shallow roots make transplanting easy - my aloes have small sharp spikes along the leaf's edge, so I use gloves when handling them. I use the aloe to treat skin irritation. I snip off a leaf, remove the spikes by running a sharp knive along the leaf's edge, and apply the sap right onto the burn or insect bite. The sap stops the pain immediately. These plants are very handy to have in the garden - they are hardy, beautiful, and useful.

Positive Newme On May 29, 2006, Newme from Alexandria, NH (Zone 4b) wrote:

The only way this plant will die is to overwater it. I bought a 3 inch plant at Walmart, now I have 60. Not counting the ones I gave away. Anyone who comes to my house takes one home. I have cut the plant at the root, the root grew the top grew, and a lot of shutes. I cut them off, stick them in potting soil, made the mistake of using Mericalgrow), they are everywhere. The largest one is 2 1/2 ft., needs a larger pot.
I use the sap on bug bites, cuts, sun burns, and any other skin problem. I just cant through any plant away.

Positive RWhiz On Feb 9, 2006, RWhiz from Spring Valley, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

This plant grows well in full sun in Southern California. It is easily rooted in potting soil with warmth.

Positive 4reeAloeGuy On Aug 20, 2005, 4reeAloeGuy from Oxford, GA wrote:

Aloes are hardy. Overwatering is the only danger besides, of course, freezing. Aloe vera is great as a natural firstaid. Aloe plants multiply at an astonishing rate. Aloes make excellent house plants, requiring minimal care and indirect lighting. Propagating aloes so simple a child can do it, they tolerate some rough handling. You can strip a plant down to its bare roots and leave it in a dark corner for several days, then transplant it and it will re-root itself. Very resilliant.

Positive heycharlie On Aug 5, 2005, heycharlie from San Jacinto County, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

We started off with a single plant several years ago and have given away hundreds since.
For personal use, we peel, put in a blender and drink mixed with orange juice daily.
Friend swears it cured him of an ulcer. We have used it on open wounds.
We cut the bottom, older leaves.

Positive cacti_lover On Feb 19, 2005, cacti_lover from Henderson, NV (Zone 9b) wrote:

No one seems to know where this hybrid came from, what the parent plants were, or if its a hybrid at all. According to the book "Landscape Plants for Dry Regions by Warren Jones & Charles Sacamano" they stated that this orange flowered Aloe vera is probably a hybrid.
I've seen this plant sold everywhere by the name of Aloe vera or Aloe barbadensis with out any hybrid indication( an 'x' at the end).

Positive greenlarry On Jul 26, 2004, greenlarry from Darlington
United Kingdom wrote:

Qutie a large plant with sharp spikes along the edges of the leaves.

Positive foodiesleuth On Jul 11, 2004, foodiesleuth from Honomu, HI (Zone 11) wrote:

I have always kept some as both houseplant and outside plants. I give them no care whatsoever and they still thrive.

Positive punaheledp On Jul 10, 2004, punaheledp from Kailua, HI (Zone 11) wrote:

Have always keep some around, mainly in case of sunburn, tucked away and ignored unless needed. It can take daily water, rare water, sun, little sun... and be there if needed... good plant.

Positive teachaholic On Apr 27, 2004, teachaholic from Devon
United Kingdom wrote:

Aloe vera, one name that appears to cover plants with numerous appearances. I have quite a large plant that spreads out and only holds it centre new leaves vertically. I worried to begin with that this was not healthy but the plant continues to grow.

It is one of few houseplants that release oxygen at night so make a good addition to the bedroom. They dont appreciate cool temperatures and like plenty of light. I have been away for a week so could not give the plant its daily visits to my sunlounge, a few of its leaves are going dark and mussy, any suggestions please?

Neutral maisoui11 On Jan 24, 2004, maisoui11 from Modesto, CA wrote:

i have had a lot of success with this plant in coastal southern california. however, i brought some with me in a pot to florida, and i lost most of it due to overwatering in the humid climate. now i have rescued a small bit, and just today repotted it. i hope that it grows, as i love this plants look and the ease at using its gel.

Positive Lavanda On Jan 21, 2003, Lavanda from Mcallen, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

In popular Mexican floklore, it is said that if you can't
be successful in growing common medicinal aloe, then you are hopeless for growing any plant, due to its easy culture.

Neutral Baa On Oct 27, 2001, Baa wrote:

A spreading succulent which has been used for many centuries and the origin of this plant appears to have been lost.

Has a stemless base which forms rosettes of lance shaped, fleshy, light to grey green, tooth edged leaves often spotted with white when young. Bears spikes of tubular yellow or orange flowers.

Flowers June-August.

Likes a well drained, gritty soil in full sun. It is not hardy and will only stand a minimum temperature of 50F.

This little plant has had a very long history and seems to have returned to its status as a current medicinal/cosmetic plant with the ever increasing search for new and potentially age defying cosmetic products.

Said to be one of the herbs Cleopatra used in her beauty regime, it has found a use in modern day skin creams, suntan lotions and shampoos.

It has had much research into the skin healing properties of its sap and while long known as a burn healer, it may also help in reducing the effects of nuclear radiation burns.

It has a use for people who have dry skin conditions, dematitis and eczema.

The sap should be used fresh as its properties deteriorate if left in a container.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

, (2 reports)
Haleyville, Alabama
Irvington, Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Mesa, Arizona (2 reports)
Phoenix, Arizona (3 reports)
Queen Creek, Arizona
Scottsdale, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Clinton, Arkansas
Camarillo, California
Canoga Park, California
Carlsbad, California
Ceres, California
Clayton, California
Clovis, California
El Macero, California
Folsom, California
Martinez, California
Menifee, California
Merced, California
Mission Viejo, California
Norwalk, California (2 reports)
Oak View, California
Oakley, California
Palm Springs, California
Pleasant Hill, California
Reseda, California
San Diego, California (2 reports)
San Dimas, California
San Francisco, California
Santa Barbara, California
Simi Valley, California
Sonoma, California
Spring Valley, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Valley Village, California
Vista, California
Fountain, Colorado
Pueblo, Colorado
Bartow, Florida
Big Pine Key, Florida
Boca Raton, Florida
Brooksville, Florida
Delray Beach, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida (3 reports)
Key Largo, Florida
Kissimmee, Florida (2 reports)
La Crosse, Florida
Lake Mary, Florida
Lakeland, Florida
Lithia, Florida
Maitland, Florida
Mc Intosh, Florida
Miami, Florida (2 reports)
Naples, Florida
Niceville, Florida
Ocala, Florida
Oldsmar, Florida
Panama City, Florida
Pensacola, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida
Rockledge, Florida
Saint Cloud, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Sarasota, Florida (2 reports)
Tampa, Florida (2 reports)
Titusville, Florida
Venus, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Winter Garden, Florida
Albany, Georgia
Valdosta, Georgia
Barrigada, Guam
Honolulu, Hawaii
Honomu, Hawaii
Kailua, Hawaii
Paauilo, Hawaii
Prospect, Kentucky
Broussard, Louisiana
Franklinton, Louisiana
Gonzales, Louisiana
Hammond, Louisiana
Haughton, Louisiana
Kenner, Louisiana (2 reports)
Marrero, Louisiana
Metairie, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana
Lewiston, Maine
Richmond, Maine
Cumberland, Maryland
Detroit, Michigan
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Waynesboro, Mississippi
Henderson, Nevada
Las Vegas, Nevada (2 reports)
Deposit, New York
New York City, New York
Poughkeepsie, New York
Brevard, North Carolina
Massillon, Ohio
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Forest Grove, Oregon
Grants Pass, Oregon
Portland, Oregon
Mc Keesport, Pennsylvania
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Pittsfield, Pennsylvania
Sellersville, Pennsylvania
Columbia, South Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina
Austin, Texas (3 reports)
Brookshire, Texas
Bryan, Texas (2 reports)
Deer Park, Texas (2 reports)
El Paso, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Grand Prairie, Texas
Hereford, Texas
Houston, Texas (6 reports)
Huntsville, Texas
La Porte, Texas
Lampasas, Texas
Marquez, Texas
Mcallen, Texas
Mission, Texas
North Richland Hills, Texas
Red Oak, Texas
San Angelo, Texas (2 reports)
San Antonio, Texas (4 reports)
Shepherd, Texas
Spring Branch, Texas
Willis, Texas
Jonesville, Virginia
Leesburg, Virginia
Midlothian, Virginia
East Hill-meridian, Washington
Kalama, Washington
Stanwood, Washington

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