Aloe vera, Aloe, Barbados Aloe, Bitter Aloes
Yellow or orange bell-shaped flowers appear on mature plants. Green/grey fleshy spear shape leaves with spiny edges. Medicinal; the gel from the centre of the leaf can be applied to minor burns.
• Hardiness: H1c (5 to 10C)
• Type: Evergreen Perennial
• Height: 60cm
• Spread: 60cm
• Soil type: Sand, Light Loam
• pH: Universal pH
• Habit: Mat forming
• Flowering colour: Yellow, Orange
• Flowering time: Summer
• Uses: Medicinal (Read Jekka's Guide to Medicinal Herbs for more information)
• Attracts pollinators: No
• Container suitability: Yes
• UK native: No
• Caution: The leaves are a potent laxative, not for home medication.
A familiar houseplant, the fleshy leaves of Aloe vera contain a clear gel that has been widely marketed in skin products for conditions where soothing and cooling actions are helpful, such as sunburn, superficial burns, haemorrhoids and other circumstances where the skin is angry and inflamed.
Internal use of the gel has been considered to help those with digestive problems, particularly where there is thought to be related to inflammation or irritability of the lining of the bowel.
Caution: Internal use of Aloe vera may interfere with some heart medications and steroids.
Please note: The information provided here is for educational interest only and is not intended to be used to diagnose or treat significant health problems. Any serious or long-term health concerns should always be discussed with a healthcare professional.
See our blog for more information about the National Institute of Medicinal Herbalists
At Jekka’s we sell herbs in 1 Ltr and 2 Ltr pots. These are established and hardy herb plants that are grown following organic principals and to survive the UK climate. Please read Jekka's blog that contains her top steps to growing on your herbs.
Our herbs are designed to be grown in containers or planted in the garden. Although some herbs will be quite happy indoors, most prefer being outside. Please see our indoor growing blog for more information.
If you think your herbs need a little more attention we always recommend an environmentally friendly solution, and these are Jekka's top three:
- Maxicrop liquid seaweed: 'Feed on Fridays' as Jekka always says for all round good plant health.
- SB Invigorator: a safe and effective insecticide and fungicide to help control a wide range of pest species
- Epsom salts: the horticultural equivalent of what you put in your bath to top up magnesium and stop orange leaves.
One of our three core roots is that we are Environmentally Conscious and for the past 30 years all the herbs grown at Jekka’s have been raised following sustainable, environmentally friendly and organic approaches resulting in a remarkable biodiversity at the herb farm.
Our herb seeds are also untreated and can be used to grow organic herb plants.