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Succulent perennial with a rosette of narrow, prickly-edged, fleshy leaves filled with bitter juice. It produces a single leafless stalk, 2-3 ft tall, which ends in an elongated cluster of downward pointing flowers.
Sun to part sun. These are in a pot with winter protection.
It has been used medicinally for thousands of years. The fresh juice squeezed from a broken leaf gives instant relief for minor burns and wounds. It is an ingredient in many lotions, creams, salves, shampoos, and various pharmaceutical products.