Common Name: Aloe Vera
Latin Name: Aloe chinensis
Description: Clump-forming succulent with thick, spiny, grey-green leaves with yellow orange bell shaped flowers borne on long stems. Best grown in pots as can be a little invasive in the garden. Perennial. 100cm
Harvesting: Use knife to cut off outer leaves at the base. Store in foil in the fridge for several days.
Best Results: Allow soil to dry out between good soakings of water. Plants tend to like to be root bound so don’t be in too much of a hurry to repot. Aloes tend to like a touch of shade in summer
Uses: Juice of leaves is applied directly to minor burns, bites and wounds. Not recommended internally.
Companion: Keep a plant near the house for its soothing properties.