A fast-growing succulent that, in ideal situations, will multiply to form handsome colonies and can work well as a small-scale groundcover in dry gardens. Aloe vera has a stemless base which forms rosettes of lance shaped, fleshy, light to grey green, tooth edged leaves. Young new growth is often spotted with white. Individual foliage rosettes will grow 18-24" tall and wide. Spikes of tubular yellowish orange flowers appear sporadically from June through August and make a pleasant but not overwhelming floral display.
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. It is said to be one of the herbs Cleopatra used in her beauty regime, and has found a use in countless modern day skin creams, lotions and shampoos. Its sap has many skin and burn healing properties, and can be used by people who have dry skin conditions, dermatitis, or eczema.
Aloe vera absolutely demands perfect drainage. It is a dry climate species that adapts to well South Florida's heat but not the humidity and rainfall. It should be sited in a well-drained, gritty soil in full sun. As with many succulents in South Florida, too much water will literally rot the plant away.
Because of its drought tolerance and preference for fast draining soil, aloe vera is best used in containers in South Florida, or in xeric gardens. If growing the plant medicinally, the sap should be used fresh -- its properties deteriorate if left in a container.
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