Why This Succulent is Awesome. Learn more about a different type of Aloe by checking out “Aloe Aristata— the Torch Plant“. Absolutely fascinating, Aloe polyphylla (Spiral Aloe) is a compact evergreen succulent valued for its foliage arranged in a perfect spiral pattern. Top. If they grow this well in my climate it will do even better in most of the UK! In late 1996, I obtained some seed from plants in cultivation in California. Some varieties have a cold tolerance below 32 F. (0 C.) with a bit of protection. Family Asphodelaceae . Each row contains between 15 and 30 sharp leaves, creating a rosette that can grow up to 1 foot (31 cm) across. All times are UTC . Aloe polyphylla, the spiral aloe, kroonaalwyn, lekhala kharetsa, or many-leaved aloe, is a species of flowering plant in the genus Aloe that is endemic to the Kingdom of Lesotho in the Drakensberg mountains. Aloe polyphylla blooms in the spring, with pink-orange flowers. Aloe africana seed pods formed and starting to dehisce (left); seed from pods (right) . There are over 400 species of aloe, with Aloe vera one of the best known. Aloe plants will sometimes produce offsets, or baby plants, at the base, and these can also be used to propagate an aloe polyphylla plant. Each Crown Aloe plant may grow to be a foot high and 2′ feet wide. Page 1 of 2 [ 19 posts ] Go to page 1, 2 Next: Print view: Previous topic | Next topic : Aloe Polyphylla flowering in the UK . An evergreen succulent perennial, it is well known for its strikingly symmetrical, five-pointed spiral growth habit. The challenge is to find and keep one, as well as to cultivate it. Aloe polyphylla, commonly know as Spiral Aloe, is a rare, stemless Aloe, noted for its stunning spiral shape. The fleshy gray-green leaves form a tight rosette that becomes a beautiful spiral, either clockwise or counterclockwise, as the plant ages. Aloe plants are native to Africa and grow in many climates. If all goes well, eventually one may end up with some seedlings of Aloe africana. See below for a few comments on seed-raising. Watering The leaves can grow both clockwise and anti-clockwise. Aloe polyphylla rocketing away. It is commonly grown as a house plant but a lucky few zones can grow them year around outdoors. The plants are sometimes under snow in winter. To grow an offset, simply slip your fingers around the offset and pull it free from the mother plant. There is another reason that this plant is so highly regarded. Indeed, they are rare. It is native to the Lesotho mountain peaks, near South Africa, where it is now a protected species.It clings to rocky crevices where it grows in the high grassy, mountainous slopes. And now, 7 months old and another 5cm wider. Genus Aloe can be mat-forming or shrubby evergreen perennials, with rosettes of fleshy leaves and small tubular flowers in racemes or panicles . Details A. polyphylla is a compact evergreen perennial prized for the ornamental value of its foliage which is arranged in a pronounced spiral pattern. Other common names many-leaved aloe . Aloe polyphylla Date: 2004 May 26 The "spiral Aloe of Lesotho". Aloe polyphylla. General Care for Aloe polyphylla “Spiral Aloe” “Spiral Aloe” is a rare succulent, with rosettes formed by five rows of leaves. Aloe africana flowering in my yard (left); Flowers opening up right and ready to be pollinated by bees (right) . Growing Conditions for Aloes. Aloe Polyphylla flowering in the UK. Author Message; Each of the rows contains 15 – 30 individual leaves, which create a rosette as large as 2′ feet across. Board index » Plant and garden discussion » On the Edge. Yorkshire Kris Posts: 10160 Quote; Post by dk » Sat Sep 17, ... From seed to a beautiful plant measuring 15 cm in diameter in just six months, wow! 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