The genus Aloe consists of over 550 succulent flowering plants, many native to Africa with characteristic fleshy leaves edged with spikes. The succulent leaves make them a good water wise choice. They are also popular houseplants due to their ease of care, attractive leaves and bright flowers. They have warm orange, red or yellow flowers in winter when the landscape is often grey. The nectar-rich fowers provide food to many insects and birds, inviting welcome visitors to your garden and adding diversity.