Aloe Vera (Aloe Vera)

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  • Species: Aloe vera
  • Common Names: Aloe vera
  • Description:
A succulent, evergreen perennial (returns every year) plant. It grows up to 24–39 in (60–100 cm) tall, and spreads by offsets. The leaves are thick and fleshy, green to grey-green, with some varieties showing white flecks on the upper and lower stem surfaces. The margin of the leaf is serrated, and has small white teeth. Flowers are produced in summer on a spike up to 35 in (90 cm) tall, each flower being pendulous, with a yellow tubular corolla 0.8–1.2 in (2–3 cm) long. Plants can be divided and split: when a pot becomes crowded with "pups" growing from the sides of the "mother plant," they should be divided and re-potted to allow room for further growth.
  • Habitat: Common
Though the aloe vera plant is not native to 'Souls, they were widely cultivated as ornamental plants by humanity and can still be found throughout the region even after humanity's fall. They prefer areas that are well-drained and receive plenty of bright sunlight. They are intolerant of very heavy frost or snow, and, during winter, Aloe vera may become dormant. It is extremely resistant to drought; however, aloe plants can burn under too much sun or shrivel.
  • Additional Notes: Noted for its cooling properties.
  • Medicinal:
    • Part: Gel
    • Usage (topical): Acne, anti-inflammatory, burns, dry skin, frostbite, infection, moisturizing skin, sun burns, wound care
  • Poison: Mild-moderate toxicity if ingested, potential to be lethal.
    • Parts: All parts of the plant are toxic to ingest, however, the gel is highly toxic to canines
    • Symptoms: Abdominal cramping, coma, dark urine, dehydration, difficulty breathing, dilated pupils, diarrhea, drooling, head-shaking, hyperthermia, incoordination, lethargy, nausea, seizures, tremors, vomiting

Additional Images

Aloe vera flower by Alexis on Pixabay Aloe vera by Calloway's Nursery Aloe vera inside by Wikimedia Commons


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