Aloe barbadensis, or more commonly known as Aloe Vera, is a popular and easy to care for houseplant with many medicinal and healing qualities. The history of the Aloe Vera plant is vast, and spans multiple cultures around the world. The first writings found on the Aloe Vera are from 3000 B.C. in Chinese and Sumerian texts where it was said to have therapeutic qualities. Aloe Vera was also a popular remedy during World War II where it was used to treat burn victims. A large plant, the Aloe Vera has thick dark green leaves speckled with white and is extremely easy to care for. The Aloe Vera is the perfect, low maintenance addition to your houseplant collection or for a first time plant owner.