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Aloe vera Plant

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Aloe -
Aloe vera

There are over 300 species of Aloe, but only one species is used for medicinal purposes- Aloe vera. Aloe vera, or true Aloe, is a member of the family Asphodelaceae, and has its origins in northern Africa. The specific origins of Aloe vera are quite murky, although they are believed to originate from the Arabian Peninsula and Egypt.

There is quite a bit of variation in individual aloe plants- they can range from distichous to rosette-forming, and be spotted or not, and the leaf margins could be dentate or not. Such variation within the same species has led to the rise of the theory that Aloe vera is not a species at all, but rather a natural or ancient hybrid.

The cultivated variety of Aloe vera has been known and used since ancient times, and is well-documented in ancient Egyptian and ancient Mesopotamian records. Aloe is even referenced in the Egyptian Book of the Dead, as part of the skin-preservation process during mummification. Known, during life, for its skin-healing properties, aloe gel has been used throughout time as a treatment for skin ailments.

Aloes are closely related to Gasterias (Gasteria) and Haworthias (Haworthia), and the jury is still out with regards to species placement within the genera and ultimately, the family.

PLANT ORIGINS

Egypt, and the Arabian Peninsula

Plant Care

Light

Bright, direct sun to bright indirect light.

Water

Water weekly to semi-monthly. Allow potting mix to completely dry out before watering. The smaller the pot, the faster the soil dries out. If it's in direct sun, it will need more frequent waterings, as the sun will dry it out faster. Water more frequently during warmer months and fertilize during growth. Do not overwater or keep the soil wet for too long, as this will encourage root rot Remember, these are desert plants- they can go for a while without a drink.

Extra Love

The easiest way to kill a succulent is to overwater it or leave it wet for too long! Love this one more by tending to it less. #independentplant

Aloe color and variegation will be more vibrant with brighter light. If thirsty, the leaves will curl in, and wrinkles will form at the base of the plant.