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Aloe vera has some common insect problems:
Mealybugs
Aloe vera has some common disease problems:
Sooty Molds

Medicinal Aloe Aloe vera

Other Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Aloe barbadensis
  • Aloe perfoliata
Phonetic Spelling
AL-oh bar-bah-DEN-sis
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Succulents are plants that are thickened, fleshy and engorged, allowing the plant to retain water in arid areas.  Aloe Vera is a succulent that can be grown indoors as a house plant, or in temperate zones as an outdoor perennial.  Favorable growing conditions include plenty of light, but limited direct sun.  The leaves may tend to droop when placed in a low light setting.

Aloe vera is grown by many for the gel in the leaves.  It can be used in desserts, yogurt, and beverages.  It is also grown for medicinal purposes.  Its soothing, moisturizing and cooling properties are often used to treat superficial burns and sunburn.  The plants' gel treats the burn and provides some pain relief.  It can also be used during outbreaks of acne, many over the counter acne medications list aloe as an ingredient.

Its best-growing conditions include dry conditions and full sun, this plant needs bright light in order to flower. When placed in front of a window, rotate periodically to ensure that all sides of the plant receive adequate light.   It is best planted in a cactus potting soil or typical potting soil with perlite or sand added.  Allow the soil to completely dry between waterings. The pot used should also have adequate drainage provided.  Water less frequently in the winter months.

Periodically check to see that the plants' roots are not becoming root-bound.  Repot plants when obvious that the roots are becoming too much for its existing pot.  Being a bit pot bound will not affect the plants' health. Shoots can be divided from the mother plant and repotted. 

Insects, Diseases and Other Plant Problems:  Mealybugs and aphids are insects that may affect the health of your aloe plant. Diseases include scale, leaf spot, aloe rust, sooty mold.  Overwatering should be avoided, it can lead to the roots rotting.

Cultivars / Varieties:
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Cultivars / Varieties:
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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Aloe
    Species:
    vera
    Family:
    Asphodelaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Has been used for centuries topically for cuts, sunburns and other skin problems. Cut away the outer part of the leave and use only the gel. Test a small patch of skin first.
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Tropical, Mediterranean
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Textural
    Edibility:
    Causes low toxicity if eaten.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 6 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Perennial
    Poisonous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    10a, 10b, 11a, 11b, 12a, 12b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Winter
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Flowers are red or yellow-orange in terminal, elongated clusters. Densely packed pendulous flowers on a spike reaching nearly 3' in height. Flowers only appear on mature plants.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Fleshy
    Smooth
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Other/more complex
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Perennial herb with thick, succulent, pointed, basal leaves with a margin of small white teeth. The leaves may grow up to 18" in length.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Short stout stem.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Houseplants
    Patio
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Specimen
    Problems:
    Poisonous to Humans
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    CAUSES ONLY LOW TOXICITY IF EATEN. SKIN IRRITATION MINOR OR LASTING ONLY FOR A FEW MINUTES. Poisonous part: Sap of leaves. Poisonous through ingestion or dermatitis. Symptoms may include: Abdominal cramping, diarrhea, red urine; skin irritation from latex.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Anthraquinone glycoside
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    Yes
    Poison Part:
    Leaves