Aloe vera

Aloe vera

Aloe

Key Information

  • Botanical name: Aloe vera
  • Common name: Aloe
  • Plant type: Cactus or succulent

Height: 60cm

Spread: 30cm

Flower colour:
  • Yellow
Foliage colour:
  • Silver
  • Features: Dramatic foliage

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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.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Hardiness: Tender
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: Purgative if ingested

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