When it comes to determining Aloe, the main feature that sets them apart is the shape and the flesh of the leaves. Aloe leaves are thick and fleshy, triangle-shaped. The color can be light to dark green and Aloe are generally smaller in size compared to Agave leaves.
Similarly one may ask, how many different types of Aloe plants are there?
Aloe grows best in full sun and partial shade. It thrives in zones 8 through 11, although it’s best kept indoors in zones 8 and 9. According to the World Checklist of Selected Plant Families, there are currently about 580 species of Aloe.
Beside this, which type of aloe vera plant is poisonous?
There are three poisonous Aloe species – Aloe ballyi, Aloe elata and Aloe ruspoliana. These species have leaf sap that gives off a strong ratty odour.
Which is the best aloe vera plant?
Over 500 species of aloes exist, spread over Africa, the Middle East and various Indian Ocean islands. All aloes show some degree of leaf succulence, the key characteristic behind the medicinal use of Aloe vera.
Aloe vera barbadensis miller is the only edible Aloe vera, but it can be easy to mistake it for the Aloe vera var. Chinensis, which isn’t edible. The edible one has thick, wide leaves that grow upright and are a silvery green color.
Common plants that look like aloe vera include agave plant, yucca, haworthia, gasteria, and maguey. These succulents have rosette leaves that grow around the stem – some with spines on the edges. You can grow these plants indoors as alternatives to the aloe plant as they have similar growing needs.