Yes, this is the Aloe Vera you find in many sunburn skin care products. The Aloe Vera plant, chinensis (Berger), is often called the “Medicine Plant, “Miracle Plant” or the “Natural Healer”. Aloe Vera is a plant of many surprises. It stays moist where other plants would wilt and die because it literally closes its pores to prevent the loss of moisture.
It flourishes in warm and dry climates, and many people mistake it for a cactus, but in fact it is a member of the Lily family. As a member of the lily family, they do produce flowers. Pale, orange tubular flowers will bloom in spring and again in fall.
Aloe Vera plants can be grown outdoors but they will not survive temperatures below freezing. They will thrive as a houseplant if it is on a windowsill, under a grow light, or anywhere where it can get direct sunlight.
Use a well draining potting soil and only water when dry. If using a saucer below your pot to catch draining water, be sure to empty it. The standing water will increase humidity for the plant, which they don’t like.
- Loves full sun
- 18 inches mature height
- Easy to grow
- Flowering succulent
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Are Aloe Vera plants safe for dogs or cats?
Although popular as a topical treatment for humans, aloe vera is considered moderately toxic to cats and dogs. When ingested, it will increase the mucus production in the bowels for cats & dogs. Symptoms include vomiting and diarrhea. If you suspect your pet has ingested any part of an aloe vera plant, take them to a vet right away.
Do Aloe Vera plants require a lot of sunshine?
Aloe Vera plants thrive in sunshine & low humidity. They will grow just fine as a houseplant if left on a windowsill, under a grow light or where it can get direct sunlight.
How often should I water an Aloe Vera plant?
Give it a deep watering about once every 3 weeks. Drain any water leftover if you have a saucer under the plant. Aloe Vera plants prefer dry conditions.
Are Aloe Vera plants succulents?
Yes. Although often considered part of the cactus family, Aloe Vera plants are actually considered a lily.
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