Wendy Seagren 2017 PPA/IPC Merit Award Winner-Attractive Nuisance

Wendy Seagren 2017 PPA/IPC Merit Award Winner-Attractive Nuisance

Wendy Seagren 2017 PPA/IPC Merit Award Winner-Attractive Nuisance.

Aloe Cactus at the Palm Desert Living Museum  is a stemless or very short-stemmed plan.  It will grow to 60–100 cm (24–39 in) tall.  Spreading by offsets.  Leaves are thick and fleshy, green to grey-green, with some varieties showing white flecks on their upper and lower stem surfaces.[7] The margin of the leaf is serrated and has small white teeth. The flowers are produced in summer on a spike up to 90 cm (35 in) tall, each flower being pendulous, with a yellow tubular corolla 2–3 cm (0.8–1.2 in) long.

Aloe cactus at the Palm Desert Living Museum are members of the Lily family (Liliaceae).    Meaning that they are relatives of tulips, Easter lilies and asparagus. Aloes prefer full sunlight and good-draining, sandy soil with low amounts of organic materials. This succulent adapts to different soil types as long as they do not hold much water. Aloes are commonly found as houseplants in cooler climates since they suffer damage at 32 degrees F. Plant aloes in clay containers and place them in a sunny location indoors. Do not overwater them and they will grow well if you ignore them.

Aloes are succulent, perennial plants with fat leaves that store water. The dusty green leaves are spear-like and grow thicker at the rosette-shaped crown. These leaves can grow over 36 inches long, contain clear thick gel inside, and are covered with soft spines along the edges. Aloes do not usually blossom in cool climates. When the aloe does flower, it produces a 36-inch stalk with drooping tube-like blooms in yellow or orange during the spring.

Aloes have been used for thousands of years for medicine. Apply aloe gel on burns, blisters, scrapes, acne and skin irritations. Aloe gel promotes healing and prevents infections. Aloe was once used for constipation, but is no longer recommended for ingestion. Harvest aloe leaves by removing the older ones first. Cut the leaves down the center and scrape out the gel. Aloes are also used in containers and rock gardens.