Aloe vera is a medicinal plant that is used for skin care, hair care, and for culinary purposes. Aloe vera is an easy to grow perennial plant that can be grown on a bright window sill or in a sunny room. In tropical areas (where no frost occurs) these beauties can be grown outside all year long. These succulents are quick growers and will normally produce a blooming stalk of unique orange tubular flowers within the first year. Also, produced within their first year will be numerous "pups" or small aloe plants that can be divided from the mother plant. Overall these are fun plants to grow and great starter plants for kids.