Aloe polyphylla (Spiral Aloe)

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Aloe polyphylla, commonly known as the spiral aloe, is a captivating evergreen succulent native to the Kingdom of Lesotho in the Drakensberg mountains. It is well-known for its unique spiral growth habit that can be clockwise or counterclockwise. Aloe polyphylla strikingly symmetrical, five-pointed spiral growth habit has made it a sought-after plant among succulent enthusiasts.

Botanical Name
Aloe polyphylla
Plant Type
Mature plants typically reach 12 inches in height and can spread up to 24 inches wide.
Thick green leaves with pointed, purplish-brown tips form a compact, symmetrical spiral that can grow either clockwise or counterclockwise.
Native to high-altitude regions, it thrives in cooler climates.
Sun Exposure
Prefers full to partial sun when grown outdoors. Indoors, it tolerates more sunlight.
Soil Requirements
Well-draining, slightly acidic soil.
Hardiness Zones
Suited for zones 7a to 9b.
Flower Color
Salmon-pink flowers emerge from long branching spikes during spring and summer.
Foliage Color
Gray-green leaves.
Seasonal Features
Blooms in spring and summer.
Special Features
Its mesmerizing spiral growth pattern and unique appearance.
Distribution and Habitat
Endemic to Lesotho’s Drakensberg mountains.
  • The flowers of Aloe polyphylla are tubular and curved, with a length of about 1 inch (2.5 cm) and a diameter of 0.4 inch (1 cm).
  • The fleshy leaves form a tight rosette that gradually spirals as the plant matures.
  • Propagate through offsets (pups) produced at the base of mature plants.
  • Ornamental value due to its striking appearance. It is considered one of the most beautiful and desirable succulents in the world.
  • Aloe polyphylla is designated as an endangered species. It is illegal to remove plants or seeds from their native habitat or purchase them if they have been illegally removed.
  • Aloe polyphylla is generally resistant to pests and diseases, but it can be affected by scale insects, mealybugs, aphids, spider mites, fungal infections, and root rot.

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