Botanical Name: Aloe barbadensis
Common Name: Aloe Vera or Medicinal Aloe  
Plant photo of: Aloe barbadensis
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Water Saving Tip:

Different areas of your landscape have different water requirements.

Shrubs need much less water than lawns and drip systems should never be scheduled on the same program with lawns.

Establish separate watering schedules for those areas.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season

Winter, Spring


Leaf Color

Grey Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half



Low, Medium


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Mediterranean, Ranch, Spanish, Tropical


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers, Silhouette, Specimen, Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Spring


Location Uses

Patio, Raised Planter, With Rocks


Special Uses

Container, Mass Planting, Small Spaces, Medicinal


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: George Hull MSN
Photographer: Mountain States Nursery
  • Description

  • Notes

The rosette of this plant consists of fleshy gray green leaves, which are narrow, succulent and erect with soft spines on margins. This Aloe is a slow to moderate grower. Flowers are spikes of yellow, 2'-3' tall and bloom late winter to summer. This aloe can form large clumps. It will tolerate full to partial sun, needs some supplemental water in heat and good drainage. It attracts hummingbirds. This aloe is a Mediterranean native. The sap is used for burns and abrasions.Somewhat cold sensitive.
Tolerates 24f