25 August 2011

Tell me (pt II ) – Lidah Buaya!

So Aloe Vera and Lidah Buaya are one and the same. One silent reader rang me to say that he had heard of ‘Lidah Buaya’ but never thought it was what he had known as Aloe Vera.And from the few responses we know this wonderful plant had so many uses. Ninotaziz told that the plant does bloom but very rarely. As a matter of fact, a few day before I wrote my Aloe Vera posting I was greatly surprised, when while helping Makcik watering her plants one very hot afternoon, I saw

a long stem sticking out from one of the aloe vera pots. I immediately called her and she was equally surprised. After about ten years or more we took it for granted that aloe vera was good for anything else but as flowering plant.

The flowers grew pinkish and after about ten days the flowers remained as close pods and wilted away. We will have to wait for another ten years to see the flowers again!

So, dear visitors, grow this plant for decorative purposes as well as all the medicinal values as we have now learnt from the comments. I thank you for the feedbacks.

Berkhidmat kerana Tuhan untuk kemanusiaan



kaykuala said...

Dear Pak Cik,
I didn't come into the fray earlier as I'm not one with green fingers. I've heard and seen the Aloe Vera but only those already processed and peddled through direct selling years ago. Supposedly a cure all for many ailments. I didn't pursue it either way

ninotaziz said...

Dear Sir Hank,
I am sure they would be beautiful to paint - a series perhaps.

Something to think about. After, Van Gogh had his Sunflowers and Irises.

Anonymous said...

FRom f/b

Nor Ghani says:
Akhi Pakcik Al-Manar, pokok2 bunga yg jadi perhiasan halaman rumah2 kampung, mempunyai medicinal value. Org tua2 tau gunanya cuma anak2 muda yg tak tau (termasuk kita?). Sehinggala penyelidikan sains moden menunjukkan khasiatnya.

Wan Sharif said...

We have two Chinese neighbors who are rather well versed with medicinal value of some plants and they use to exchange info with my other half.. I found out that the Chinese has documented most of the uses of the plants ;))

Al-Manar said...

Dear Hank,

I do not have green fingers nor do I enjoy planting plants. But I am required to help watering them when the days are dry, not an enviable job I must admit. I have not posted about this aloe vera thing because I like it - just my curiosity at a time I think the blog needs less 'serious' subject.

Nor I notice Ninot has suggested something for you to do. Poets and writers have all the fancy ideas!

Al-Manar said...


We will see if Our Hank takes the bait.

Al-Manar said...

Sdr Nor Ghani,

Saya rasa tepat betul kesimpulan Akhi ini. Yang menghairankan saya banyak pokok pokok yang tumbuh liar diatas tanah berpasir disekitar rumah saya yang tidak jauh dari pantai dikatakan oleh orang orang kampong mempunyai khasiat.

Al-Manar said...

Ayah Wang,

Since we have pots and pots of this plant would you ask your other half to share with us the secret recipe she has acquired from the Chinese neighbours? We will give you free 'lidah buaya' in return.

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kaykuala said...

Dear Ninot Ma'am and Pak Cik,
My gosh! I remember Pak Cik once before and that’s how Rainbow came about. Now I’m having real fun at Rainbow.

Ninot Ma’am comes now with a ‘taller’ order. Thanks Ma’am, I think I will. Though sketches take longer to complete but I think I will. Have to create a separate ‘painting blog’ to make it more organized.

Aloe Vera as a theme sounds chic. May also think of an additional theme with ‘splashes of colours’ to catch the eye. I think just 2 themes should be ok. Yes, 1 a month will be 12 per year. 1 a week will be 52 a year,whew! I hope I can survive!

Wishing Pak Cik, Mak Cik and family and Ninot Ma'am and family Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri, Maaf Zahir Batin.


Al-Manar said...

Akhi Hank,

A favourite local writer I very much admire is the late Adibah Amin (Alfatihah). She and two others wrote a set of five volumes on English grammar for secondary schools. I have been using this truly first class set at Almanar for over ten years. One of her other books I enjoy reading, a novel, is titled This End of the Rainbow. Now, you have been successful running your Rainbow. Would this end of rainbow not provide the ‘splashes of colours’ you need? It is just a wild idea. I wonder how many colours the beautiful rainbow has.

Selamat Hari Raya to you and family.

Al-Manar said...


A new weblog? Please email me the address. Am glad to be of help.

Temuk said...

Assalamu'alaikum AL-MANAR
You could probably name that particular aloe vera plant Lidah Buanga. You might want to apply some fertilizer to it, dengan doa, it will not take another ten years to show off its unique flowers again.

SELAMAT MENYAMBUT HARI RAYA. Semoga segala amalan tuan sepanjang Ramadhan dan hari-hari seterusnya diterima Allah. Maaf zahir batin.

Awang Goneng said...

Assalamu 'alaikum Abang Ngah,
While you and Kak Mah are busy with your aloe vera may I wish you both and your brood a Selamat Hari Raya? May Allah bless you good people with His bounty and may you and your aloe vera flower in more Ramadhans to come.

من العاءدين الفاءزين المقبولين

Me, I only have Mother in Law's tongue (lidah buaya?) in the garden.

Al-Manar said...

Sdr Temuk,

Di subuh Hari Raya saya doa semoga Sdr dan keluarga diberi ketenagan dan kebahgiaan berpanjangan. Selamat Hari Raya


Al-Manar said...


We never cease remembering you in London, praying that all is well. Panjang umur berjumpa lagi.

Lepah raya kite tok soh ccakak pasa lidah lagi lah. Muok doh hok tu. Kite cari cerita laing pulok.

What a pleasant surprise it is to see our 'little' girl is now joining her accomplished parents, writing. We hope to see more of her articles.

Kak Mah pun kirim salam jugok.