There are more than 250 species of aloe. All of them are subtropical and succulents. Aloe belongs to the same family of plants as lilies, along with tulips, onion, garlic and hyacinths. Plants are placed in families by the shape of their flowers, not the type of plant.
Aloe plants can be as small as one inch or as large as two feet in diameter. Older plants can produce a tall stalk that has coral-colored flowers, which are favorites of hummingbirds.
Aloe plants can only be grown outdoors in zone 10, the hottest zone in the continental United States, and in zone 11, which is Hawaii.
Aloe plants that are planted outdoors need full sun, or just a very light shade. The soil should be able to drain very fast. Potted plants should be in a wide pot to accommodate the shallow, spreading roots.
During the summer, only water the aloe plants when the soil is completely dry. Soak deep, then again when completely dry. During the winter, the plant is dormant and needs very little water.
Aloe is used as a house plant in most parts of the county. The gel-like sap of the aloe plant is used to treat burns, cuts and rashes. It is also used in cosmetics.
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