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Item ID: 10
Common Name: Aloe vera
Care: This Aloe is very easy to grow and maintain in the Tucson area. It requires very little actual care and is not very popular with predators. Plants do well if watered during the winter months. It is best to reduce watering and allow the plants to be self maintained during the spring and summer.
Propagation: Propagation is by seed or by removing the numerous offsets.
Size: Large single specimens are over 14 inches wide and 2 feet in height. Large clumps can be over 10 feet in diameter..
Flowers: The flowers of this Aloe are always a somewhat medium shade of yellow. Flowering time in Tucson is usually March and April.
Photo Courtesy of Kevin Barber ©2003
The common Aloe vera found in many nurseries may be a hybrid. The true Aloe vera is a yellow flowering plant with somewhat gray leaves and stem color. Aloe vera is sometimes mistaken for Aloe barbadensis which also has yellow flowers and there are also hybrids that have orange or reddish flowers.
Aloe vera has been in cultivation for hundreds of years and was used for its great healing properties over 2,000 years ago. It was used as a moisturizer by Cleopatra and is still valued today for its numerous useful qualities. There are beautiful displays of this plant along Kino Blvd. from 22nd St. south to Ajo Road and also along the median on Camino Seco Road from Broadway Blvd. to Speedway Blvd.
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