Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis)
Aloe Vera, botanical name Aloe barbadensis, has long been prized for its medicinal uses, with the gel commonly used as a remedy to treat skin conditions such as burns and sunburn. And while the gel of the upward curving green leaves provides many medicinal uses, its use as an attractive plant for landscaping is just as popular. The leaves have a distinctive colorful tint and clump out of the center to form a wide-reaching cluster. And since they don’t grow too big, they’re easy to manage and place into any type of landscape. We love to plant in any waterwise or xeriscape landscape, where they can add some color and beauty without having to use much water!
Aloe Vera plants are also one of the most widely cultivated potted plants. If you plant to grow one indoors, they grow best near windows that can provide access to full sun for a good part of the day. They can survive almost anywhere, though they do love to grow outside where there is plenty of full sun exposure. In their native habitat they can be found on rocky slopes, and here in the Southwest, they are very popular landscaping plants because their size makes them suitable for both smaller and larger landscapes!
These succulents are drought tolerant once established and will have low to moderate watering needs. One of the great things about Aloe Vera plants is that their thick waxy leaves are designed to retain moisture and can sustain the plant during those long dry-spells!
At Moon Valley Nurseries, we custom grow Aloe Vera from our own private stock of premium quality specimens. We do what no one else does, we can assure their quality is the best in all the Southwest!
- Other common names Lily of the Desert
- Prized for its medicinal uses – gel commonly used as a remedy for skin conditions such as burns, sunburn, cold sores and psoriasis
- Grows a coral bloom during the summer – a perfect complement to its natural array of colors!