I bought a pathetic-looking aloe vera plant with three little damaged spikes at my local home depot last summer for something like $1.49. I was excited about having this plant around for it's medicinal uses, I've never been very good about putting sunscreen on, and having an aloe vera plant around the house will keep me from having to buy a container of it every spring.
Also, it's starting a new little plant at it's base, when it gets a little bigger I'll be able to separate that off and have two!
Aloe Vera info:
hardy to 9B
sunset zones 8,9, 12-24
Medicinal plant used to treat burns, bites and inflammation.
1-2 feet tall, but flowers appear in a dense stalk 3ft tall
survives without extra water, but looks better with some
mulch with gravel