Aloe Vera is a succulent plant species of the genus Aloe. An evergreen perennial, it originates from the Arabian Peninsula but grows wild in tropical climates around the world and is cultivated for agricultural and medicinal uses. The species is also used for decorative purposes and grows successfully indoors as a potted plant.
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Aloe Vera is a stemless or very short-stemmed plant growing to 60–100 cm tall, spreading by offsets. The leaves are thick and fleshy, green to grey-green, with some varieties showing white flecks on their upper and lower stem surfaces. The margin of the leaf is serrated and has small white teeth. The flowers are produced in summer on a spike up to 90 cm tall, each flower being pendulous, with a yellow tubular corolla 2–3 cm long. Like other Aloe species, Aloe Vera forms arbuscular mycorrhiza, a symbiosis that allows the plant better access to mineral nutrients in soil.
Latin Name: Aloe Vera
English Name: Aloe Vera
Foliage Type: Evergreen.
Suggested Location: Outdoor.
Suggested Soil Type: Well-drained, Sand, Loam.
Suggested Exposure to Sunlight: Full Sunlight or Partial Shade.
Suggested Exposure to Weather: Sheltered.
Hardiness Rating: Low (H1C).
Lowest Temperature Tolerance: 5 °C to 10 °C (41 °F to 50 °F)
Suggested Uses: Small gardens. Rock gardens. Groups.
Maintenance: Do not overwater the plant, very limited watering would be the best.
Growth Habit: Bushy.
Growth Speed: Medium.
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