need help to identify this Aloe plant; Aloe Vera???

loveblueroses(10a)August 5, 2014

I have been looking for Aloe Vera for a while. and I just got this aloe plant at my local farmers' market; please see its pictures below and please let me whether it is really Aloe Vera that I am looking for. thank you very much!

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deva33 Z5 SE Iowa

It does not resemble the aloe vera plant that I have... but maybe there are several kinds?

I looked at google images of aloe vera and yours looks pretty similar to that! Which then made me think that maybe mine isn't aloe vera, but then I found a pic that looks like mine. hopefully we are both good :-)

    Bookmark   August 5, 2014 at 6:24PM
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cactusmcharris

There is only one Aloe vera, but there are some imposters, including yours. The real Aloe vera is not spotted and blooms with yellow flowers.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2014 at 6:30PM
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loveblueroses(10a)

Thank you for the valuable comments! I just got these two aloe with label "aloe Vera" at Lowe's are these two real Aloe Vera???? Thanks again!

    Bookmark   August 7, 2014 at 12:42AM
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cactusmcharris

'The real Aloe vera is not spotted '.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2014 at 1:34AM
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Crenda SWFL 10A

Certainly not here to dispute the name of the Lowes plant. I bought a couple of the same plants, chuckling to myself that ALL of the aloes were labeled Aloe vera.

Mine are PIG, growing well and curiously have lost their spots. You can see some of the spots remain on the bottom, oldest leaves. So I'm pondering the label again. Of course it hasn't flowered yet (about 3 years old), which will add to the info.

I guess I wonder if Aloe vera pups start with spots. I have no pups to compare. My plant does not look like the OP's first plants.

This post was edited by Crenda on Thu, Aug 7, 14 at 10:23

    Bookmark   August 7, 2014 at 10:19AM
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dbarron(z7_Arkansas)

I have the OPs aloes too, they're what circulated through like the last 50 years as "burn plant" in the housewife swap network. They're virtually indestructible and do seem to significantly ease sunburn or burn pain and tissue issues.

As to which aloe they are?

    Bookmark   August 7, 2014 at 10:28AM
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lzrddr(91360)

Immature Aloe versa are often spotted, but the spots eventually vanish with age. Those Lowes plants could certainly be Aloe veras, but the plant in the first photo is something else (teeth are wrong for Aloe vera).

    Bookmark   August 7, 2014 at 10:49AM
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deva33 Z5 SE Iowa

So is Crenda's pic of an actual aloe vera? I would like to know what the real one looks like so I can find one for myself.

Thanks!
Deva

    Bookmark   August 7, 2014 at 1:17PM
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cactusmcharris

Deva,

Crenda's does indeed look like the real thing.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2014 at 2:00PM
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Crenda SWFL 10A

How nice (and funny!) since I was so sure that the little spotted aloe plant I bought was a poser!

    Bookmark   August 7, 2014 at 2:52PM
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deva33 Z5 SE Iowa

Thanks cactusmcharris! Do you think I could grow one in a pot? I live in an apartment and my boyfriend uses a lot of aloe. I personally like having it around as well. Crenda's looks pretty big!

    Bookmark   August 7, 2014 at 5:57PM
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cactusmcharris

Deva,

That's exactly how I grow mine, in a pot, and it does quite well.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2014 at 6:07PM
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Crenda SWFL 10A

Deva - Mine was in a pot until last January and did well.

After filling up a table with various aloes (all labeled Aloe vera of course!) I decided to move them into my landscape. Now I can fill the table with more plants! LOL

    Bookmark   August 7, 2014 at 6:36PM
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