9 Fascinating Things You Didn't Know About Aloe

It's so much more than the sunburn plant.

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1. IT ORIGINATED IN AFRICA.

And . You can find this succulent growing all over the Middle East and on islands in the Indian Ocean.

2. IN FACT, IT CONSISTS OF 99% WATER.

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Hence it's killer ability to .

3. IT'S A MEMBER OF THE LILY FAMILY.

Nicknamed the "Lily of the Desert," the biggest indicator that aloe comes from this  is the tubular flowers it produces every spring.

4. CLEOPATRA WAS A SUPER FAN.

Ancient writings dating back to 1550 B.C. refer to the Egyptian queen using the plant's gel in her beauty routines. It's rumored for softer skin.

5. THERE ARE MORE THAN 400 SPECIES.

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If you only know about the small household plant, you're missing out: The different varieties of aloe  from a 1-inch-wide succulent to a 50-foot-tall tree.

6. THEIR BLOSSOMS COME IN DIFFERENT COLORS.

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Including white, yellow, orange, and red .

7. THE GREEKS THOUGHT IT CURED BALDNESS.

And . The jury is still out on the latter (but we doubt it). 

8. PEOPLE EAT IT IN YOGURT IN JAPAN.

Aloe is actually one of the and can be found in beverages, too. Some claim it helps maintain beauty. 

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9. IT LOOKS AWESOME AS A CENTERPIECE.

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There's something very Jumanji about this design that was featured in a wedding from  — and we're totally digging it.

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