Aloe is known by many different names such as unguentine cactus, burn plant, Barbados aloe, and medicinal aloe (the botanical name Aloe Vera). It is found in the Liliaceae, or Lily, family of plants.
The aloe plant has thick fleshy stalks that are full of a clear gel-like sap. The leaves are grayish-green and have gray teeth on the margins. There may be offset rosettes formed. Flowers are yellow, tubular, and bloom in the winter and spring seasons.
Aloe vera is a drought-tolerant, evergreen, perennial cactus. Aloe can live in full sun or partial shade, and in sandy, well-drained soils.
It is a hardy plant from the USDA hardiness zones of 8 to 11. Primarily this is the California and the Southwestern United States region of the U.S.
The aloe plant is said to have originated in the Islands of Cape Verde and the Canary Islands, as well as Northern Africa.
Aloe vera has the medicinal qualities to soothe burns, and heal wounds quicker with less risk of an infection. It is a first aid remedy for cuts and sunburn, being released commercially in many after-sun lotions.
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T.M. Samuels has been a freelance writer since 1993. She has published works in "Arthritis Today," "Alabama Living" and "Mature Years," and is the author of a gardening book. Samuels studied pre-medicine at Berry College.