The Aloe barbadensis is famously known as the Aloe Vera or Medicinal Aloe. It hails from the Aloes family, a distinct plant family comprising of succulents.
It is widely cultivated for the medicinal uses of the juice extracted from its leaves.
The Aloe barbadensis is the native of northern Africa.
Aloe vera is basically a low maintenance plant that thrives well in drought conditions too.
The plant prefers an average temperature range of 30 to 35 degrees Fahrenheit.
Growth ceases in winter if the temperature falls below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
The Aloe Vera can grow up to a maximum height of 3 feet or 90 centimetres and spreads in about 60 centimetres of an area.
The Aloe vera should be exposed to full sun or direct sunlight for proper growth.
However, the plant also survives when it is placed in a garden or balcony that receives partial shade but the growth rate is reduced.
The Aloe vera prefers minimum watering.
The plant has the ability to survive when the weather is hot and dry.
The leaves of the plant turn reddish purple when it is under drought stress.
The Aloe vera plant which is adaptable to desert conditions can grow well without the addition of fertilizers.
But in order to aid growth organic fertilizer can be applied.
The plant grows well in an acidic or neutral pH in the range of 5.0 to 7.5.
The Aloe vera is widely cultivated as a house-plant and also for interior designing of public buildings because of its exotic appearance and large leaves.
They are also considered as an excellent medicinal herb.
They are used in cosmetics and are also believed to cure skin diseases.
The juice extracted from the leaves of Aloe vera also aid in weight loss and prevent hair fall.