Plant of Interest – Aloe vera

 Aloe vera

 

Few botanicals are as well known or as highly thought of as the Aloe vera plant. Aloe vera is much used for its healing and soothing skin care properties, but there is so much more to know about this fantastic succulent! We’ve compiled a list of facts we thought you may or might not know about this mollifying plant.

 

 

 

 

 

  • The scientific name for Aloe vera is… Aloe vera! 
  • Aloe vera is a perennial evergreen plant and indigenous to eastern and southern Africa. 
  • Aloe vera can be either planted outside, if you live in a dry and warm climate, or indoors in a pot. It enjoys our Seattle summers outdoors. 
  • Aloe vera plants do best in temperatures between 55 and 80°F (13–27°C). 
  • The word Aloe in Sanskrit means Goddess. 
  • Aloe vera is part of the Liliacea Asphodeloidead subfamily. 
  • Aloe contains at least 140 individual substances – no less than 70 essential nutrients, including a wealth of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, protein, phytosterols and amino acids.


 

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