Many of these lesser-known aloes can be cultivated in containers or even outdoors in frost-free zones.


  1. Most people are familiar with the ubiquitous aloe vera plant: The gel from its fleshy leaves is so widely coveted for its cosmetic and medicinal uses that this succulent is cultivated on extensive farms in Asia, Mexico, and parts of the United States. However, the Aloe genus is large and diverse, containing hundreds of aloe types native to Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, which feature the mild temperatures and arid climate that support the growth of these tough plants. 

Although appearances vary greatly from species to species, most aloes have have thick, fleshy leaves arranged in a rosette pattern. Flowers are often tubular in shape and yellow, orange, pink, or red in color. They range from tiny ground-hugging species to those the size of small trees.


Here are 14 unusual aloe species to incorporate into your plantings.

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