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Difference Between Agave and Aloe

Agave potatorum Agave vs Aloe

Agave and aloe are juicy plants. Though Agave and aloe are succulent in nature, they are different in many respects.

Agave is a plant that is known to live over 100 years. After 100 years of its life, agave blooms once after which it dies. Once it dies, it leaves behind hundreds of shoots that continue it’s own life. On the other hand aloe does not live as long as agave. Moreover, aloe does not bloom.

Aloe belongs to the family asphodelacea and agave belongs to the family agavaceae. When comparing the size, agave is bigger than aloe.

Aloe marlothii

Aloe marlothii

When comparing the leaves, one can see the difference in the sap. When the agave leaves are broken, the sap is not completely juicy but comes in thin lines and is not transparent. The leaves of aloe when broken give out a sticky, yellow sap that is transparent.

Moreover, the agave leaves have hard, barb and sharp edged leaves. The top agave leaves have dark brown thorns. On the other hand, aloe leaves do not have hard thorns.

Agave is mainly seen in southern and western United states and in central and tropical South America. Aloe is commonly found in Africa and Arabian peninsula.

Agave is mainly used in place of sugars. In some places, agave is used for producing plaque beverage. Aloe is mainly used for medicinal purposes. It has been scientifically proved that aloe is good to be taken externally and internally for many ailments. For example aloe is good for sun burns and also other burns.

Summary

1. Aloe belongs to the family asphodelacea and agave belongs to the family agavaceae.

2. Agave is a plant that is known to live over 100 years and after its life span, blooms once after which it dies. On the other hand aloe does not live as many years and also it does not bloom.

3. Agave is bigger in size than Aloe.

4. When the agave leaves are broken, the sap is not completely juicy but comes in thin lines and is not transparent. The leaves of aloe when broken give out a sticky, yellow sap that is transparent.

6. Agave is mainly used in place of sugars. In some places, agave is used for producing plaque beverage. Aloe is mainly used for medicinal purposes.


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7 Comments

  1. Aloe vera does indeed bloom – it require bright light in a home or greenhouse, or does so easily in its mediterranean native habitat. Some are at Londwood Gardens and other botanical gardens – also see website information at Mobot.org – the Missouri Botanic Garden.

  2. Hi! Aloes blooms easily every year, what´s more, the Aloe marlothii you have in the photo is blooming!
    The rest of the note it´s ok for me!

    See you!

    Guille

  3. I agree with Brenda’s comment that Aloe Vera does bloom. Misinformation, such as in the above article, should be avoided by all means, otherwise such a nice website doesn’t look trust-worthy.

  4. i agree with both comments above- aloe vera does bloom,mine blooms yearly and they are grown in my back yard in open sun !!

  5. i have one other comment-the agave is a desert plant and in the desert water supply is scant. however, i have grown several of these plants and supplied them with sufficient water and they bloom yearly and when they bloom they do not die,as you said in your article.perhaps you may want to do some futher research for your website. !

  6. Survey says: Wrong Answer! I never do this but must in this situation.

    Aloe origin is old world- Africa, Madagascar. Agave is new world- The Americas. Think of New World Monkey compared to Old World Monkey developing differences.

    Most if not all aloes bloom yearly. Agave bloom only once spectacularly and then die within the year (monocarpic).

    If you believe your Agave has bloomed multiple times, you either have an unknown species, an aloe, or a cluster of agave that keeps propagating itself with offshoots, pups, or the fallen blooms. That is how they live on.

    Only under optimal conditions, a few agave species can live to 100 yrs.

    Some agave species can grow to 10 ft tall and 15 feet wide. However there are some species of aloe that grow over 20 feet tall.

    Tequila can be obtained and distilled from just a few agave species and the hallucinogen mescal from several others.

    Some aloe flesh is good for the skin, but many others are very toxic to humans.

    Many aloe actually also have hard sharp thorns and both come in various colors.

    Please continue research and re-write this article.

  7. Too many errors. The author wrote without knowledge or research. I suggest you submit to peer review or delete this article.

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