University of Florida

Plant Identification Learning Module:
Flowers and Foliage

Aloe Vera (Aloe vera)

Well-known for the reputed medicinal value of the juice of its leaves, aloe vera is a clump-forming, succulent perennial reaching a height of two feet. Its thick, lanceolate, evergreen, spiny-edged, fleshy, light green leaves emerge in a rosette on a very short stem. Flower stalks appear from the center of the plant producing a showy, reddish inflorescence.