Help Identifying An Aloe Plant

Posted on May 3 2010 - 3:18am by Mike Lieberman

While hiking in the LA mountains this weekend with my girlfriend (roommate), I was noticing the vegetation on the side of the trails. It got me thinking about something that I read by Fern Richardson of Life On The Balcony about growing aloe indoors over the winter.

She mentioned that you can cut off the “pups”, replant them and grow a whole new aloe plant. I assume that a “pup” is an aloe leaf that’s cut off from the plant.

As we were hiking, I pulled the leaf off of an aloe plant to plant on my balcony garden. Before I get it planted and eat the thing, I did a little research on any potential dangers of eating aloe plants. Of course there are some species that aren’t meant for consumption.

To be safe, I want to make sure the leaf that I have won’t make me dead when I eat it. The bottom part of the leaf is white, and it’s green until close to the tip where it starts to change to a rust color. The prickly edges of the leaf are a yellow color and the underside is completely green.

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Growing my own aloe plant is something that I’ve been wanting to do for a while to use in smoothies and juices. Aloe is supposed to have all kinds of nutritional benefits, but it’s also mad expensive to buy in the store at $3-4 leaf.

Does anyone know what species of aloe this might be and if I’ll die if I eat it?