Aloe ferox comes from a hearty, succulent plant grown in arid conditions such as those in South Africa. Floridata.com, a flora database, notes that other common names for aloe ferox are cape aloe, bitter aloe and tap aloe. The aloe ferox plant yields two different saps. Aloe bitters, drained from the cut leaves, is used primarily for its laxative properties. The aloe gel, extracted from the inner portion of the leaves, is used in health drinks and for skin care.