Aloe vera is a hardy succulent that's easy to grow. It thrives in poor soil and requires very little water.
A natural for groundcover or specimen use in tropical rock gardens, aloe also makes a great container plant. Aloe grows best in full sun, but is tolerant of some shade.
Little maintenance is needed to keep plants looking good; just be sure to let the soil dry out between watering.
Aloe will produce small yellow flower stalks in the winter and spring. Its spiny-edged, light green leaves grow in a rosette.
Aloes are often propagated by removing the new plants that form at the base of the parent plant, which are also called pups.
The gel that comes from its thick leaves is widely used to cool sunburns.
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