Aloe vera - The Medicinal Aloe
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Probably the best known of all the Aloes in terms of familiarity with its name and the claims made as to its properties (most of which are true). It is probably the least known of all the Aloes in terms of its heritage. It has been so long in cultivation for its medicinal properties that the true origin may never be known. Recent studies link it to populations of related plants in the Yemen, yet it does not occur in the wild there. There are naturalised populations in the Caribbean, in Asia, in North Africa - indeed most sub-tropical regions boast 'wild' specimens of this plant. In all probability is a stable hybrid whose parentage will never be known, likely spread around by Arab traders.
Known either as Aloe vera or Aloe barbadensis (alluding to the Caribbean population), if it is a species in its own right then Aloe vera is the legitimate name. A handsome plant, which can grow to 1 metre tall, the leaves are lax containing large cells, full of a jelly-like 'sap' that is the source of the medicinal properties of the plant. It is edible, although bitter, although most literature points at topical use.
The leaves are spotted (or not - there is considerable variance) and the flowers are (mostly) yellow (red forms exist). All in all a mystery plant that all adds to its charm and appeal.
The plant may flower in 5 years from seed in it's natural state, but in the far better conditions it will find in cultivation, this is likely to happen much more quickly. It is not reliably hardy so should be grown in a pot or pan and brought in during cold weather or grown as a greenhouse specimen or as a houseplant.