Aloe barbadensis     
Aloe vera   
Liliaceae Family     

Compiled by the Master Gardeners
of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension.


Form: clump-forming succulent, leaves in rosette
Seasonality: evergreen
Size: to 18in, offsets form colony with spread of 6ft or more
Leaves: dusty green plump points, toothed margin
Flowers: spike emerging above foliage to 3ft tall; yellow or orange tubular flowers in arrow-shaped cluster; bloom in spring and sporadically
Fruit: not significant
Stems/Trunks: n/a
Range/Origin: Mediterranean and Africa
Hardiness: damaged at 32°F

clump of Aloe vera
clump of
Aloe barbadensis in bloom


flower stalk
detail of flower stalk

aka Medicinal aloe

some references are using Aloe vera as the botanical name
damaged by freezing in low-lying (wash) areas of Tucson
more formal and more upright than Aloe saponaria
thick sap from leaves has medicinal and cosmetic uses

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