houseplant 'aloes- ' species vera or what

Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

I have two Aloes. One stays small, to 4 inches or so, and you often see thee sold as small plants. I've had it for a few years and it makes a lot of offsets. It has white spots and small bumps on the edges. Leaves tend to be in a plane.

The other, I think is the real Aloe vera; it has been a single shoot and the leaves are now getting to a foot long and an inch across, very thick. The leaves circle the stem and when you look down on the plant it is a five pointed star arrangement.

What is the common little aloe that everyone sells?

Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

My little Aloe sounds like the Chinensis that is described in Plantfiles here on March 5 2013

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Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

This is the big one growing in a short six inch pot

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Baja California, Mexico(Zone 11)

There are lots of little bumpy aloe hybrids (maybe a dozen or two anyway) that have been bred and selected for color and texture. On top of a few species that are naturally bumpy on their own. Without a picture it's going to be hard to make an ID. The bigger aloe looks like Aloe vera to me, or close anyway. Probably would benefit from a bigger pot if that would be possible.

Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

Thanks for your input, Baja. It' enjoyed the outside this summer. Since it is coming in for winter, I will do the pot next spring. I just saw two tiny pups have started.

Of the chinensis like ones, I have one that stays very small as described above, and I brought home another from the workplace that someone left behind, with all the same looks but fewer offsets and larger in scale. Then there is this "real" vera.

So now I understand the whole 'common aloe vera ' situation a little better, I think.

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