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Aloe vera


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Key information

Plant type

Cactus or succulent

Flower colour




Skill level


Aloe vera

Plant details

Aloe vera is easy to grow, forming dense clumps of fleshy, light green leaves with soft toothed margins. Spikes of tubular yellow to orange flowers appear in summer, but rarely in the UK. 

For best results, grow Aloe vera indoors as a houseplant, or in well-drained soil in a sheltered, sunny part of the garden. Ideally, grow plants in pots, which you can use in patio displays in summer, and move indoors in winter.

Family: Aloaceae

Genus: Aloe

Species: vera

Plant type: Cactus or succulent

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Grey

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 60cm

Time to divide plants: June to August

Reader reviews


i have 3 shoots come up 3 weeks ago now they are 3 4 6 inch. Can i divide now, or have to wait Jun to Aug next year


Easy to grow, hard to kill, perfect houseplant! Great to have around for medical 'emergencies' too!

Scott Asbury

Do I just leave the flower stem after flowering or do I remove it?

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