Aloe vera is a succulent plant species of the genus Aloe. Having some 500 species, Aloe is widely distributed, and is considered an invasive species in many world regions. An evergreen perennial, it originates from the Arabian Peninsula, but grows wild in tropical, semi-tropical, and arid climates around the world.
Aloe vera performs best in full sun, especially in cooler microclimates where fog or overcast skies are common. Six to eight hours of direct sun is best, although most aloe vera plants will tolerate some light shade or filtered sun at midday.
Water your aloe plant about every 2-3 weeks in the spring and summer and even more sparingly during the fall and winter. One rule of thumb for autumn and winter watering is to roughly double the amount of time between waterings (as compared to your summer watering schedule).
Although considered a medicinal plant for humans, aloe vera's level of toxicity is mild to moderate for cats and dogs.
A single Aloe Vera plant in a 15cm plastic nursery pot.