5+ Plants That Look Like Aloe Vera Succulents But Aren’t

Many succulent plants look similar to Aloe Vera. One of the most common is the Tillandsia, which looks like an Aloe Vera but isn’t. Other plants that are commonly mistaken for Aloe Vera Succulents are the Dicksonia antarctica, or tree ferns.

There are also numerous types of cacti that can be confused with aloes, such as Echinopsis atacamensis and Astrophytum asterias variegated. Here’s a full list of plants that look like aloe vera…

Plants That Look Like Aloe Vera Succulents But Aren’t

There are several plants that look similar to an aloe vera plant. These include agave, yucca, haworthia, and gasteria plants. Just like aloes, many of these plants have rosette leaves and spines on the edges. Here’s a full list…

1) Agave

The agave is a species plant that belongs to the Agavaceae family. It is commonly mistaken for aloe vera, but it isn’t because they come from different continents and regions of origin.

People confuse them for aloe vera because they have the same pointed tips and can often be the same color.

The leaves of most agave species are very fibrous and have an extremely sharp terminal spine. They also feature marginal teeth that are extremely sharp, which can cause injury if touched or ingested by another living thing. Also, the spines of the agave are so strong that they can pierce through some types of rubber.

2) Yucca

This is another type of plant that is commonly mistaken for Aloe Vera because it looks very similar. However, this species comes from the asparagaceae family and originates in North America.

The plant is uniquely pollinated by yucca moths, which lay their eggs inside the plant. After hatching, the larvae feed on one of its species and then leave before it goes into pupation.

The yucca plant is unlike other succulent plants, like cacti and aloe vera. The trunk of the yucca has bark that protects it while also allowing for water to flow through.

Adapting to a wide variety of climates, yucca species have colonized mountains, coastal sand dunes, and grasslands as well as rocky badlands and deserts.

3) Stapelia

The Stapelia is commonly known as the carrion flower or starfish flower. It is another plant that can be easily confused with aloe vera, but this species comes from Africa and belongs to the asclepiadaceae family.

Some of these species grow to an impressive 16 inches in width when at full size. Also, the flowers are sometimes scented, but the scent is usually associated with rotting meat because of its carrion-like odor.

4) Haworthia

The Haworthia is a species of flowering plant that belongs to the asphodeloideae subfamily (just like the aloe vera). It is also known as zebra aloe and it’s considered succulent, but this type of plant isn’t aloe vera either.

The plant’s leaves are arranged in rosettes. They are also characterized by their white stripes or speckles on the leaves’ surface, which resemble those of a Zebra.

They are small succulents, which makes them perfect for collecting and placing in various locations around your house. In fact, you can even grow them without any soil and just by using rocks or pebbles.

5) Gasteria

The gasteria is a flowering plant that belongs to the Asphodelaceae family. It’s also known as “ox tongue” because of its shape and it’s considered an ornamental succulent, but this species isn’t aloe vera either.

The plant gets its name because of its stomach-shaped flowers and tongue-shaped leaves. In fact, “Gasteria” is Latin for the stomach.

This plant is easy to distinguish because it has a bulging stem with pointed teeth along the edges.

The blooms of gasteria succulents resemble those of aloe vera and haworthia, making them great alternatives to the aloe vera.

Why the Aloe Vera is the Best Succulent Plant

The aloe vera is not only a unique plant because it looks like no other succulent, but also because of its benefits to the human body. Aloe vera has been used in medicine for thousands of years, which makes it the most beneficial succulent plant. In fact…

  • It has antibacterial properties which kill germs making it beneficial in skincare products
  • Its juice reduces psoriasis symptoms on patients’ skin due to its anti-inflammatory properties


In conclusion, there are many plants that might be confused for Aloe Vera, but they aren’t because of their different origins and characteristics. In my opinion, nothing beats an aloe vera plant for its charm, aesthetic appeal, and healing properties, so I will stick with them! They made it into my list of plants that like dry heat, but be careful because aloes can droop if not given the correct care.

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