What is Aloe Vera?
Aloe Vera is an evergreen perennial that is cultivated worldwide and grows
in tropical, semi-tropical, and arid climates. It is grown for agricultural and
medicinal uses. It’s leaf is the main component for Aloe gel. The Aloe Vera
plant is easily grown indoors and used often as a decoration.
About Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is a short-stemmed plant growing typically between 2-3 feet tall.
It is native to the south-west Arabian Peninsula but has been naturalized in
various areas around the world including North Africa and Spain. It’s
unique in that it forms arbuscular mycorrhiza, a symbiosis process that
allows it to gather mineral nutrients out of the soil in addition to growing in
areas with little rainfall. Aloe Vera plants also contain phytochemicals
which protect itself from predators, competitors, and pathogens.
The leaves are green to a grayish green in color and short-stemmed shrub
with white specks on the upper portion of its leaf and the lower portion is
serrated and has small white teeth. The Aloe Vera provides two
substances for use, a clear gel and the yellow latex.