A large genus of more than 300 species of succulents that range in size from low-growing perennials to trees, shrubs, and vines. The leaves grow in rosettes. Flowers are red or yellow, but some species rarely flower. Grow aloes in a desert garden, border, container, or xeric bed.
CareProvide full sun and fertile, well-drained soil. Aloes tolerate soil of low fertility, and some smaller species can take part shade.
PropagationStart plants from fresh seed, or from stem cuttings or offsets in late spring or early summer.
ProblemsMealybugs, scale, root rot, bacterial soft rot, fungal stem and leaf rots.