A fun cactus-like plant, Aloe vera features thick fleshy, long spike green leaves. Orange flowers bloom in late fall to winter on mature plants. The interior of the leaf has been used for homeopathic remedies for many skin ailments like sunburns. It naturally grows in hot, dry climates, and is cultivated in subtropical regions around the world, including the southern border areas of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California.
Although a useful plant for humans, Aloe vera is toxic for pets.
Growing instructions: Plant in well-draining potting soil. Indoors place plant in direct but bright light. Outdoors place in full sun to light shade. Water every 2-3 weeks in spring and summer. Water every 4-6 weeks in fall and winter. Fertilize sparingly at 1/2 strength, in spring and summer.