A number of species have been introduced in India, of which A. barbadensis mill has become naturalized in all parts of the country. Other species also occur as wild/ornamental at some places.
The colour and odour of each variety is its characteristic and the taste bitter and nauseous. A. Barbadensis refers to the Barbados islands. Ferox is a Latin word, meaning wild or ferocious. African refers to the habit of the plant and spicata refers to the flowers in spikes. Mainly four species Aloe (Aloe barbadenxis Millen. Aloeperryi, Aloe saponaria and Aloe veru Linn) are cultivated in India.
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