Aloe vera

Scientific Name: 
Aloe vera barbadensis
Family Name: 
Xanthorrhoeaceae
Place of Origin: 
North Africa
Plant Description: 
Succulent, fleshy green
Plant Height: 
60-100cms
Plant Width: 
60cms
Plant Use: 
Beverage
Medicinal
Harvest Period: 
All year
Of Interest: 
My mum wasn't into plants but even she had one of these in a pot and whenever we burned ourselves or had spent too long in the sun she'd send us out with scissors to snip off a stem. We'd then apply the gooey mess for instant cool and the healing would begin. You can also make an infusion or juice for internal use - but only in small doses! We also use aloe vera mixed with essential oils to help our animals when suffering from itches and bugs.
Annual, Biannual or Perennial: 
Perennial
Plant Type: 
Succulent
Climate: 
Temperate
Deciduous or Evergreen: 
Evergreen

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