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**Aloe Aloe vera (L.)
We had two varieties at our former home in Montserrat, one that loves the heat and lives happily in very dry and sunny areas. The other, more sensitive plant probably from a more northern climate, lived where it received lots of rain and not so much sun.
Benefits:
1. We use the leaves from both varieties of aloe as a soothing treatment for burns, but also as a terrific natural skin lotion. It does wonders for any type of skin problem, wrinkles included! Slice a leaf lengthwise, clean off the sharp edges and apply directly to the skin.
2. Though long known for its skin soothing qualities, aloe can also be used as an internal curative, providing relief from constipation and neutralizing an irritated bladder. Peel the leaves completely, eating only the inner pulp. Aloe pulp is extremely bitter and unappealing so plan to mix it in a blender with other fresh fruit once you have peeled it and removed enough of the skin to get rid of the yellow slimy liquid.
3. Mixing pulp from the peeled leaves with water and salt makes a drink that is said to prevent and treat cancer.
4. At the very least it will have a beneficial effect on an upset stomach. If you have a bleeding ulcer, try this. Take two tablespoons of the pulp one hour after each meal and another dose at bedtime. You should see results in five to ten days.
5. Aloe leaves peeled and heated on a flat surfaced pan on the stove top can be applied to any muscle wound as a poultice. Salt the heated aloe, lay it on the affected area and wrap it. The salt will cause the aloe’s juice to penetrate the skin and bring its healing qualities to the wound. (A cure from Lester in Montserrat.)
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Photographed: In our front border garden and in our shady terrace garden at our former home in Montserrat.
Planting and Care: In the Caribbean these wonderful healing plants bloom in mid to late spring.
Text & Photographs ©Krika.com 2009

 
Aloe Caesia Salm-Dyck (no common name yet) GET COMMON NAME
Benefits:
From:
South Africa
Photographed: In the Palermo Botanical Garden in Sicily, Italy.
Planting and Care: This large aloe, growing to 8 feet in height is drought tolerant and prefers to live in full sun.
Text and Photograph ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2012
 
Aloe elegans (no common name yet) GET COMMON NAME
Benefits:
From:
Ethiopia
Photographed: In the Palermo Botanical Garden in Sicily, Italy.
Planting and Care: This aloe will grow to be about 3 feet tall. It is a perfect plant for a xeriscape garden as it is very drought tolerant.
Text and Photograph ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2012
 
Bitter Aloe, Cape Aloe, Red Aloe Aloe ferox Miller
Benefits: Its medicinal benefits are said to include laxative qualities, its reduction of the distress of arthritis and its use in healing wounds.
From:
S. Africa
Photographed: In the Palermo Botanical Garden in Sicily, Italy, and in the Botanic Garden in Wellington, New Zealand.
Planting and Care: This is one of the large aloes, growing to be from 8 to 10 feet tall.
Text and Photographs ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2013
 
Fan Aloe Aloe plicatils Mill.
The fan aloe is one of my favorites for its very stylish appearance. With plants of this sort great care has to be taken not to damage any leaves or to give it a period of little care. The damage will be evident for months, if not years.
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Planting and Care: This is another of the aloes that likes to be planted in full sun. In a warm climate it would make an interesting and distinctive hedge as it grows quite tall.
Text and Photograph ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2012
 
Photographed: On the left and right in the Palermo Botanical Garden in Sicily, Italy.
 
Mountain Aloe Aloe marlothii
This very appealing aloe will grow to be about 10 feet tall.
Benefits:
From:
Southern Africa
Photographed: In the Carlos Thays Botanical Garden in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Planting and Care: Like most members of this plant family, this one is not frost hardy. It prefers to grow in full sun and likes water only during its summer growing season.
Text & Photograph ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2011
 
Red Hot Poker Aloe Aloe aculeata
This is a very attractive medium sized aloe that will provide you with all of the dry climate benefits an aloe can provide.
Benefits:
From:
Southern Africa
Photographed: Below on the left in the Palermo Botanical Garden in Sicily, Italy, and on the right in the Royal Botanical Garden in Sydney, Australia, 2013.
Planting and Care: This aloe grows well in dry rocky areas.
Text & Photograph ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2013
 
 
Rubble Aloe GET LATIN NAME AND MORE INFO
Benefits:
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Photographed:   In the Botanic Garden in Wellington, New Zealand, 2013
Planting and Care:
Text and Photograph ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2013
 

Soap Aloe, African Aloe, Shrimp Pink Aloe Aloe saponaria
This is a very appealing dry garden plant that will grow to be about as wide as it is tall -- 1.5 feet. It even produces flowers!
Benefits:
From
: Southern Africa
Photographed: Below on the left at the Magdalena Hotel in Tobago in 2018 and on the right at the Hotel Atitlan on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala in 2010. Below those photographs are two more each taken in the Naples, Italy, Botanical Garden, in 2013. And finally there is one photograph I took in the city gardens in Malaga, Spain, in 2012.
Planting and Care: This is one of the sun and drought tolerant aloes.
Text & Photographs ©Krika.com 2012 and ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring 2018

This was one of my mystery plants, but no longer thanks to Peter at http:www/cactusjungle.com

 
 
 

 

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Aloe Mystery #2
Photographed:
In The Royal Botanical Garden in Sydney, Australia, 2013.
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Aloe Mystery #3
Photographed:
In The Royal Botanical Garden in Sydney, Australia, 2013.
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Aloe Mystery #4
Photographed: In the Botanical Garden in Palermo, Sicily, in Italy in 2012.
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Aloe Mystery #5
Photographed: In the Botanical Garden in Palermo, Sicily, in Italy in 2012.
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Aloe Mystery #5a
Photographed: In the Botanical Garden in Palermo, Sicily, in Italy in 2012.
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Aloe Mystery #7
Photographed: In the Botanical Garden in Palermo, Sicily, in Italy in 2012.
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Aloe Mystery #8
Photographed: In the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney, Australia, in 2013.
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Aloe Mystery #9
Photographed: In Parque de la Leyendas, Lima, Peru, in 2013.
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Aloe Mystery #10
Photographed: In Parque de la Leyendas, Lima, Peru, in 2013.
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