I would like to add some spikey plants to my perrenial flower bed and
remembered the healing qualities of aloe vera. Can they be grown in
England outdors and are there a variety of options to me? I would like
a flowering plant.
Aloe vera is not a spikey plant and is not a flowering plant. It is not
going to die back and go dormant in the fall. It is not a "Perennial"
It can not tolerate freezing temperatures.
Sadly, the big fleshy aloes are frost tender, so if you do use them,
you will have to have them in large pots and move them indoors in
winter. They are also unlikely to flower till very large.
Have you thought of using New Zealand flax [Phormium}? It comes in many
colours and sizes, and flowers when mature. It also doesn't have sharp
thorns, which the aloe does have.
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