The aloe family, which are all succulents, includes hundreds of different kinds in the wild. Generally the fleshy leaves, some with spines, are in rosette form. Aloe vera is the medicinal member of the family, whose juice is widely believed to have healing properties and appears in many cosmetics and creams for burns and skin and hair care. The picture here shows aloe variegata (partridge-breasted aloe) - a very popular dwarf variety which often begins to flower when 10 to 15 cm (4 to 6 inches) tall.
Aloes love direct sunlight and warm temperatures.