Aloe arborescens, the cousin of Aloe vera

Aloe arborescens, is a succulent plant of the family ofAloacee, also called Xanthorrhoeaceae, it is in fact a cousin of the more popularAloe barbadensis Miller, better known asAloe vera.

Aloe arborescensvs Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera)
There are 250 species ofaloe, and even if Aloe barbadensis Miller (theAloe vera) is the only one that can count more than 3,000 scientific publications, including studies, research and tests, including thealoe arborescensenjoys some popularity.

As well as thealoe vera, me too'Aloe arborescens it prefers hot and dry climates and is especially popular for crops for curative purposes.

L'aloe arborescensis a fleshy perennial plant, used both in the home as an ornamental plant and as a medicinal plant with strong detoxifying properties. It has been known since ancient times, just think that Christopher Columbus, on his return from his travels, described thealoe arborescenslike a plant with great healing powers.

Like thealoe barbadensis, me too'aloe arborescensis known for its multiple beneficial effects. Also in this case, the purifying effect is mainly due to the anthraquinone content, among its phytotherapeutic properties we mention the laxative and healing effects (for topical use). Extracts ofaloe barbadensisthey have always been used as soothing and moisturizing agents in case of sunburn, and they also have a mild anti-inflammatory effect.

The use ofaloe arborescensto those who already have intestinal problems or to those who use insulin because thealoe arborescens, just like aloe vera, it lowers the glycemic index, risking causing hypoglycemia.

Aloe arborescens and tumors
The use of extracts from thealoe aborescens as an adjunct to chemotherapy in the treatment of cancer. In some studies, other types of aloeAloe vera instead they caused tumors in experimental guinea pigs as reported in the study published on 11 April 2011 byNew Scientistwith the article "Aloe vera extract gave rats tumours".

Aloe arborescens, habitat

In outdoor rock gardens, the plant is used for ornamental purposes also due to its size: it can reach up to 4 meters in height and in nature it expands into immense, very branched bushes that offer large inflorescences. The leaves ofaloe arborescensthey are serrated and up to 50 cm long, the flowers are clustered and red in color.

L'aloe arborescensit reproduces only by cross-pollination because the female and male flowers of the same plant do not cross each other. The multiplication ofaloe arborescensoccurs by seed or by division of the suckers that form at the base of the plant.

It grows spontaneously in the desert regions of northern Africa but today the plant is still widespread all over the world, especially near the sea, in fact in Italy the plant is very present on the Mediterranean, Adriatic and Tyrrhenian coasts.

Video: aloe, how to reproduce it from a leaf (January 2022).