Aloe Vera (Aloe Vera)

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  1.   1.  Description
  2.   2.  Obtainment
  3.   3.  Uses
    1.   3.1  Medicine
    2.   3.2  Toxicity
  4.   4.  More
  5.   5.  'Souls
Common Name Aloe Vera
Latin Name Aloe Vera

"Starr 011104-0040 Aloe vera"
by Forest & Kim Starr - Plants of Hawaii
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1.  Description

Aloe Vera succulent plant that probably originated in northern Africa. The species did not have any naturally occurring populations at the time of humanity's demise -- it was an entirely domesticated plant.

Aloe vera is a stemless or very short-stemmed succulent plant growing to 60–100 cm (24–39 in) tall, spreading 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. The flowers are produced in summer on a spike up to 90 cm (35 in) tall, each flower being pendulous, with a yellow tubular corolla 2–3 cm (0.8–1.2 in) long.

The species is hardy in zones 8–11, although it is intolerant of very heavy frost or snow. During winter, Aloe vera may become dormant. It is extremely resistant to drought; however, aloe plants can burn under too much sun or shrivel. 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.

2.  Obtainment

Very Common. Its cultivation as an ornamental plant was essentially worldwide at the time of humanity's demise: it can still be found in Nova Scotia.

3.  Uses

3.1  Medicine

  • Burn, wound, and other injury treatment
  • Skin protection
  • Digestive health -- reduces inflammation in the belly

3.2  Toxicity

  • Aloe vera has potential toxicity, with side-effects occurring at some dose levels both when ingested or applied topically. Ingestion of Aloe vera is associated with diarrhea, electrolyte imbalance, kidney dysfunction; dermatitis, erythema, and phototoxicity have been reported from topical applications.

4.  More

5.  'Souls

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