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Spiral aloe

Aloe polyphylla

Kroonaalwyn (Afr.), Many-leaved aloe, Hardy spiral Aloe

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Compact evergreen perennial species with striking, spiralling foliage. The most striking feature of this Aloe species is its regular leaves arranged in a spiral rosette. The species is highly sought after as an ornamental, but is difficult to cultivate and is difficult to maintain outside its natural habitat. Leaves are fleshy and edged in pale green to white spines, with a single, brown spine at their tips. Flowers are tubular and produced on a branched inflorescence, they vary in colour but are most often pink-red with green-yellow tips.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Summer

Harvesting

Generally not harvested.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seeds when ripe in sandy soil.

Special features

Drought resistant
Aloes can go long periods with little water.

Geography

Origin
Africa, Lesotho, South Africa, the Drakensberg area.
Natural climate
Cold interior and high altitudes

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral, Alkaline, Acid
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Ornamental
One of the most beautiful Aloe species due to the spiral arrangement of its leaves.

Personality

Family
Aloaceae
Flower colour
Red to salmon pink., Pink, Red, Yellow
Scent
None

Problems

Like most aloes, susceptible to scale insects and mealy bugs.
Red Scale
Aonidiella auranti

Companion plants

Grasses, succulents and other aloe species.

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