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Aloaceae Aloe L.
 Sp. Pl. 1: 319. 1753 [1 May 1753]
   Native to Africa and its' nearby islands, established plants do well in full sun to part shade, and are generally hardy from 20° to 35°F.  Flowers are borne on upright, sometimes branched stalks, and flower colors range from orange, red, and peach, to green and yellow.  Different species of Aloe bloom at different times of the year, all year long, so there is a species blooming at any given time of year.
Aloe ciliaris   Haw.
in Phil. Mag. (Oct 1825) 281.
very low water requirement part shade exposure

   This Aloe has long sprawling stems, and bright green
leaves with toothed margins.  Although it may get a little leggy at times, this plant, native to Africa and Australia, can withstand more drought and neglect than most, and then recover quite nicely.  In early spring it has 8" tall unbranched spikes of bright orange flowers.
Aloe ferox   Mill.
Gard. Dict., ed. 8. n. 22. 1768 [16 Apr 1768]
very low water requirement

   This South African native has branched flower spikes of red-orange blooms, and large single-stemmed rosettes, with thick bluish green leaves, covered with reddish teeth.  It takes full sun well, and grows up to 15' tall and 4' to 6' wide.
Aloe haworthioides   Baker
J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 22: 529. 1887
low water requirement part shade exposure

   Native to Madagascar
Aloe  squarrosa   Baker ex Balf. f.
in Proc. Roy. Soc. Edinb. xii. (1884) 97.
very low water requirement part shade exposure

Flowers in early spring
Aloe striata hybrid  
low water requirement

   Flowers in early spring
Aloe vera   L.
Sp. Pl. 1: 320. 1753 [1 May 1753]
Medicine plant -
low water requirement

   Aloe vera is well known for its medicinal properties.  It has been proven to treat burns, rashes, and other skin ailments.  This plant is easy to care for and deserves a spot in your garden.
Aloe page last updated: April 15, 2010.