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26 Variations of The Aloe Vera Plant

We’re all familiar with the aloe vera plant and its numerous health advantages, but we’re less familiar with its many varieties. Continue reading to find out what they are.

There are around 250 species of aloe vera, four of which are produced for their health advantages. Aloe Vera Barbadensis is the most widely cultivated species and is native to North Africa. Aloe vera can live for a century in the wild. Cleopatra, who was considered as “a woman of surpassing beauty,” is supposed to have used aloe vera gel on her skin as part of her beauty routine.

The aloe vera plant generates two products: aloe vera gel (96% water) and latex (used as a laxative).

1. Aloe capitata var. quartziticola

This aloe develops a flower stalk that grows up to 3 feet tall and has tapered grey-green leaves that turn blue-grey when it’s cloudy and purple-tinged when it’s light outside. The flowers are bright yellow with darker tones of orange in the center and have circular heads. Deer-resistant and attractive to bees and birds, the plant can grow up to 3 feet tall and 3 feet wide.

2. Aloe ciliaris – Climbing Aloe

Climbing aloe ciliaris with orange tubular flowers.

This plant, sometimes known as the common climbing aloe, is thin and sturdy and grows extremely quickly. It produces tubular flowers with creamy-yellow tips that are vivid red-orange in hue. It attracts bees and birds, and it’s an excellent garden plant for this and other reasons.

When the flowers are in bloom, the leaves are bright green and have silky, hair-like teeth, and they perfectly match the blossoms.

3. Aloe vera

Macro photo of aloe vera plant with bokeh background.

The sap from the aloe vera plant is used to treat sunburns and a variety of other skin conditions. This aloe has got excellent therapeutic purposes. Other aloe plants can be harmful. Aloe plants make good houseplants. Furthermore, Aloe vera does very well in low-light, dry environments. It is sensitive to frost and must be placed in a shelter when it is cold outside.

4. Aloe x principis

Aloe x principis with huge, lush foliage growing in a tropical garden.

This aloe, which can reach a height of 9 feet, generates vivid scarlet or orange spikes in the winter, which light up any Winter garden. The plant, which is native to South Africa, is deer-resistant, attracts birds and bees, and looks lovely in Mediterranean or succulent gardens, as well as accents or borders. This aloe plant, like most others, thrives in full light and well-drained soil.

5. Aloe rubroviolacea – Arabian Aloe

This aloe has scarlet teeth and borders on broad, blue-green leaves that arch outwards, and the leaves become purple-tinged in the full sun to dazzling violet-red in the winter. The plant thrives in well-drained soil and bright, full light, growing up to 3 feet tall and 6 feet broad. It can be used to accent rock gardens, borders, and succulent gardens, and it tolerates a wide range of pH balances.

6. Aloe barbadensis – Aloe Barbados

Close-up of aloe barbadensis highlighted with yellow green spikes.

It has a distinctive appearance, with leaves that face upwards toward the sky and gorgeous greenish-yellow spikes that stretch up beside them. The light green leaves acquire a reddish-purple color when dry in the spring and summer. The plump leaves contain sticky sap that has been used for thousands of years for various cosmetic and medical purposes, making this plant both lucrative and attractive.

7. Aloe ferox – Cape Aloe

Aloe ferox with red tubular flowers against the clear, blue sky.

This aloe is native to South Africa and has blue-green leaves with rose tinges that can grow up to 3 feet long.

The elder leaves stay on the plant and form a petticoat on the stalks as they dry out. In the winter, bright red-orange tubular flowers appear, contrasting beautifully with the orangish teeth surrounding each stem. The aloe plant is recognized for its precious gel and can reach a height of 9 feet.

8. Aloe microstigma – Cape Speckled Aloe

Aloe microstigma with pale red foliage and large thorns.

This aloe has magnificent spikey flowers that grow up to 3 feet tall and start out as redbuds before turning yellow-orange and orange in color later on. It has blue-green leaves that become reddish-brown when strained. Their bi-color appearance makes them stand out, and they’re almost disease-free while also attracting birds and bees. They’re also attractive as borders, accent plants, and deer avoid them.

9. Aloe striata – Coral Aloe

Aloe striata with wide green foliage and orange blossoms.

This aloe can reach a height of 18 feet and a width of 18 feet, with flat, broad leaves that are pale grey-green but turn pink in the sun and bluish in the shade. It has purple-pink borders and blooms in late winter to early spring with gorgeous tubular coral-orange flowers. The plant looks lovely in containers and sunny borders and thrives in well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade.

10. Crosby’s Prolific

Close-up of Crosby's prolific with tiny green foliage covered in spikes.

This plant has long green leaves with translucent teeth along the margins, making it a lovely dwarf aloe. It reaches a height of 12 inches and a width of 15 inches, with fleshy leaves that turn crimson in the sun. The stalks are covered in tubular, bright-orange flowers that can brighten up any garden. It’s a hybrid aloe that’s deer-resistant and disease-free, which contributes to its popularity.

11. Aloe plicatilis – Fan aloe

Aloe plicatilis with fan-shaped leaves and a tubular, spiky flowers.

As its name suggests, this aloe has slender, long leaves that form a fan-like shape. The blue-grey leaves feature bright-orange tips, and spikes of orange-red flowers bloom from late winter to early spring. You’ll see why this plant has received numerous international flower awards once you see it. The plant reaches an 8-foot height and resembles a little tree, and it is deer-resistant and disease-free.

12. Aloe nobilis – Golden Toothed Aloe

Top view of aloe nobilis with bright green foliage accentuated with red tips and spikes.

It has triangle leaves that are bright green in color with whitish teeth along the sides, and when exposed to the sun, the leaves become a stunning orange hue. The plant produces bright-orange tubular flowers that can grow up to 2 feet tall in the spring, and it grows profusely to make a huge show, making it ideal for groundcovers and borders. They grow best in full light and on sandy, gravelly soil.

13. Aloe vaombe – Malagasy Tree Aloe

Aloe vaombe with large foliage bordered with spikes.

It may grow up to 12 feet tall and 5 feet wide, making it an enormous aloe. It has fleshy leaves with white teeth transforming from dark green to a vivid deep red when exposed to direct sunlight. They also produce magnificent red flowers that stand out and are lovely focus points in any garden due to their hue. They are endemic to Madagascar and are almost disease-free.

14. Aloe marlothii – Mountain Aloe

Aloe marlothii with enormous foliage and orange, tubular blossoms.

It is a magnificent succulent with a dense cluster of grey-green leaves that taper to a sharp point. This aloe, which grows up to 10 feet tall and has reddish-brown spines and tubular flowers that bloom in the winter, is ideal for accents, borders, and pots. The flowers are particularly attractive to birds and bees, and they start out brilliant orange-red but subsequently change yellow or bright crimson.

15. Aloe cameronii – Red Aloe

Close-up of aloe cameronii growing in a spring garden.

Red Aloe is a species of aloe with tall stems and beautiful, curving leaves that range in color from green to copper-red, with bright orange-red flowers emerging in early winter. The Red Aloe, which can grow up to 2 feet tall and 4 feet wide, looks great in rock gardens and as a border, and birds and bees enjoy the nectar it provides. It thrives in full sun or light shade, as well as sandy, gravelly soil.

16. Aloe hereroensis – Sand Aloe

It has distinctive leaves and blooms, with thin lines and orange-red tubular flowers with a tall, green, projecting center resembling a pine cone. The Sand Aloe is a gorgeous plant that grows up to 2 feet tall and thrives in alkaline, well-drained soil. This aloe looks fantastic in Mediterranean gardens and rock gardens, as well as pots, if not overwatered.

17. Aloe brevifolia – Short-Leaf Aloe

Aloe brevifolia with bright green foliage highlighted with red tips and spiles.

These round-shaped perennials provide a lovely touch to your garden, especially when planted in groups of a dozen or more. Their leaves are pale blue in hue, but they change rose-pink and golden-yellow when exposed to the sun, creating quite a show. Tubular orange flowers occur in late spring and can grow up to 2 feet tall and 2 feet broad. They are disease-resistant and deer-resistant.

18. Aloe broomii – Snake Aloe

Top view of aloe broomii with dark spikes growing in a summer garden.

This sturdy succulent, which can grow up to 1 foot wide and has long, stunning light-green leaves, is one of the most eye-catching aloes available. The edges are adorned with reddish-brown teeth, and it takes about 5 or 6 years to attain full size. The Snake Aloe is frost-resistant, making it ideal for arid and semi-arid climates. It also makes a superb focal point for any garden. It’s disease-resistant and ideal for sandy, well-drained soils.

19. Aloe maculata – Soap Aloe

Close-up of aloe maculata with green leaves accentuated with white blotches and orange hue.

This aloe has sword-shaped leaves that are blue-green in color and covered with white blotches and white teeth on the margins. When exposed to direct sunlight, the leaves turn pink-red. This plant attracts hummingbirds and bees, and it can withstand both salt and drought. It reaches a height of 18 inches in the winter and produces tubular flowers in a beautiful coral-orange color that likes to show off, blooming multiple times throughout the year.

20. Aloe polyphylla – Spiral Aloe

Top view of aloe polyphylla with dark green leaves in a spiral form.

The grey-green leaves of this aloe have white to pale-green spines along the edges and dark, purple-brown tips, and they form a beautiful spiral configuration. It flowers seldom, but the flowers are salmon-pink and tubular when it does. The Spiral Aloe, a multiple international flower award winner, thrives in full sun and is drought-tolerant and deer-resistant.

21. Aloe dorotheae – Sunset Aloe

Aloe dorotheae with yellow green and reddish foliage growing in a rock garden.

This variety of aloe has brilliant green leaves that turn bright red in the sun, making it very vivid and eye-catching. When winter arrives, it produces spikes of greenish-yellow blooms and looks lovely in containers or as groundcovers, growing up to 1 foot high and 2 feet wide. Sunset Aloe also includes nectar-producing flowers, making it appealing to bees and birds and being almost disease-free.

22. Aloe speciosa – Tilt-Head Aloe

Close-up of aloe speciosa with pale green leaves bordered with tiny, red spikes.

The leaves of this aloe are blue-green with pink tinges at the tips and edges. The leaves are fairly enormous, reaching up to 3 feet in length, and thick, dense spikes of deep-red, brownish-red, and creamy-yellow coloration grow from them, giving it a lovely tri-color appearance. Hummingbirds enjoy the plant, which may grow up to 10 feet tall. The Tilt-Head Aloe is the ideal specimen plant for gardens of any size or style due to its size and attractiveness.

23. Aloe arborescens – Torch Aloe

Close-up of aloe arborescens with orange tubular flowers.

It is a one-of-a-kind plant with gorgeous foliage and vivid blossoms that draw attention. It has sword-shaped leaves with light teeth along the edges, and in the winter, it produces lovely rich orange-red spikes that brighten the foliage. Its shrubby nature grows to a height of 10 feet and a width of 10 feet, and it makes a lovely accent plant or border, as well as a terrific addition to any pots.

24. Aloe aristata – Torch Plant

Aloe aristata with white blotches growing in a black pot.

This variety of aloe is a succulent evergreen with incurved, lance-shaped leaves that are pale green in color but turn much darker in the sun. It produces cone-shaped clusters of vivid orange-red blooms with white spots throughout and spotty white trim around the leaf in the winter. Thanks to its rose-like shape and lovely blossoms, the Torch Plant is the ideal addition to any Winter garden.

25. Aloe barberae – Tree Aloe

Aloe barberae with long. narrow foliage against the clear blue sky.

During the winter, tree aloes can grow up to 60 feet tall and 10 feet wide, and they produce little red flowers with green dots.

Tree aloes include the Aloe pillansii, which reaches 30 feet in height and resembles a cactus, and the Aloe dichotoma, commonly known as the quiver tree, is one of the largest of all aloe plants.

26. Aloe vanbalenii – Van Balen’s Aloe

Close-up of aloe vanbalenii with pale green foliage covered in morning dew.

It has curling brilliant green leaves with copper-red margins and turns dark-red when it’s sunny, giving it an octopus-like appearance.

It can reach a height of 3 feet and produces tubular yellow or yellow-orange flowers in the winter to early spring. The plant is native to South Africa, attracts bees and birds, and is resistant to deer.