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Aloe vera is known worldwide for its healing and soothing properties in salves, creams, and shampoo. It is an attractive clumping species that grows 18-24 in. tall with long pale green leaves that have toothed margins. It develops a distinctive upright habit. Colorful light to deep yellow flowers develop high above the foliage on branched stalks in spring.

In addition to its many garden uses, this popular plant is often grown by homeowners for the sticky sap to treat minor burns and insect bites. Good in containers and tolerant of heat, sun, aridity and drought. This easy to grow succulent is widely used in southwestern style gardens, in containers, raised planter and parkways.

Water Needs

Medicinal aloe is well adapted to all parts of the Inland Empire in sunny exposures with normal winter rains and low amounts of summer irrigation. The chart shown below provides a recommended baseline guide to the monthly irrigation schedule and volume of supplemental water needed to maintain healthy growth throughout the average year. It should be noted there are several months indicated by an asterisk (*) when winter rains often provide sufficient moisture and irrigation is not needed. The high and low range of moisture indicates Aloe vera can grow with varying amounts of water; little supplemental water is needed during summer.

Irrigation Schedule and Graph

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Irrigation Schedule 2

  Jan* Feb* Mar* Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov* Dec*
Runs per Month 0x to 2x 0x to 2x 0x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 0x to 2x 0x to 2x
Inches per Run 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1"
Inches per Month 0" to 2" 0" to 2" 0" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 0" to 2" 0" to 2"

Range of supplemental summer water: 7"-14"
Range of supplemental winter water: 0"-10"

  Jan* Feb* Mar* Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov* Dec*
For more information on how to use this Irrigation Schedule and Graph, follow this link.

For information how to calculate your irrigation system’s schedule and precipitation rate, please follow this link.

Plant Properties

Plant Type: Aloe
Foliage Character: Succulent, Evergreen
Habit: Upright, Spreading, Dense, Clumping
Growth Rate: Moderate
Height: 18 in. - 24 in.
Width: 3' then offsets to form a larger clump - 24 in.
Water Needs: Low 2
Foliage Color: Pale green
Flower Color: Yellow
Flower Season: Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil
Exposure Adaptations: Wind, Heat, Drought, Aridity, All day sun, Partial sun
Function: Residential spaces, Near pools and water features, Hummingbird plant, Grouped, Culinary use, Container plant, Commercial spaces, Borders


Prune dead flower heads when needed. If flower stalks have dried out, they can usually be removed by pulling rather than needing to use a hand pruner (D,S).



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