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Plantidote of the Day 2012-04-30

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aloe vera in bloom

Aloe barbadensis

Aloe vera in bloom

Aloes like a hot, dry climate. If you live in one, I recommend growing aloes. Even without flowers, the plants themselves are attractive. They're also incredibly easy to grow, and need almost no water. The flowers are just frosting on the cake. This flower, for example, has been blooming since late February. Every day, the hummingbirds congregate around the aloes and take turns swooping in, hovering beneath the blossoms while they draw out the nectar -- another plus!

And here's one more reason to grow these plants -- they're helpful for first aid. If you get a cut or burn -- even sunburn -- just pinch off a bit of leaf and rub the jelly-like substance inside on your skin. Seriously, it works!

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Submitted by coyotecreek on

....always remind me to stop and take a closer look at the things we see around us. Just beautiful. So unique. Gorgeous colors that are only available in nature. And sometimes so surprising.

Thanks!

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Submitted by twig on

It is pretty amazing when you stop and look at things. Helps make up for the ugliness everywhere else, and I don't mean that just in an aesthetic sense.