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Aloe vera (aloe vera)

Aloe vera has been described as a wonder-plant. The colourless jelly-like leaf parenchyma tissue is used in an extraordinary array of everyday products, from dishwashing liquid to yoghurt.
Aloe vera

Aloe vera (Photo: Emma Crawforth)

Species information

Scientific name: 

Aloe vera (L.) Burm.f.

Common name: 

aloe vera

Conservation status: 

Not considered to be threatened.


Aloe vera is a cultivated plant but naturalised populations occur in dry, often rocky and exposed areas.

Key Uses: 

Food, food supplements, herbal remedies, cosmetics.

Known hazards: 

The bitter yellow leaf exudate can be harmful and should not be taken by children, or by pregnant or breastfeeding women. The colourless leaf parenchyma (gel) can occasionally cause skin irritation.


Genus: Aloe

About this species

Aloe vera is well known for its succulent leaves and the many uses of the gel obtained from them. This species is widely cultivated and, along with other members of the genus Aloe, is also the subject of intense scientific study with regard to the many claimed therapeutic properties.


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