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Aloe - Aloe arborescens

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Generalities Aloe arborescens

The aloe genus has a few hundred species of succulent plants, widespread in nature in Africa, in the Mediterranean basin and in most of the Middle Eastern areas; they are very similar aesthetically to agaves, which instead develop in nature only in the American continent. All aloe species produce dense rosettes of leaves, more or less triangular, more or less fleshy, often pointed only at the apex, sometimes with thorns also along the lower page; in spring and summer, from the center of the rosette, a thin sturdy stem rises, which reaches one meter in height, or even more, and which bears a long inflorescence, consisting of tubular, red, orange or yellow flowers. The best known aloe is aloe vera, also well known for its therapeutic properties, and very common, along with a few other species, also on the Italian coasts, where it now also grows in the wild.

Contrary to what happens with agaves, aloes bloom every year, while agaves bloom only at the end of their life, which can last up to several tens of years.


Aloe speciesreal

Succulent plant of African origin, it produces dense rosettes of triangular leaves, very elongated, which have some thorns along the inner margin; the color is light green, and a thin layer of bloom makes it more or less grayish. The leaves are very fleshy, and if broken they show a thick layer consisting of a sort of refreshing gel. The rosettes tend to have fairly small dimensions, and do not exceed 60-80 cm in diameter; in spring, among the leaves, a thin stem rises, which bears orange-red inflorescences. Plant very common in cultivation in Italy, both in the garden, in areas characterized by mild climate, and as an apartment or terrace plant. They are quite resistant plants, which love bright places and quite warm and dry climates.

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