This is one of those plants that I had wanted to grow, but had never seen cultivated plants for sale. If they grow this well in my climate it will do even better in most of the UK! 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. Aloe Polyphylla flowering in the UK. Page 1 of 2 [ 19 posts ] Go to page 1, 2 Next: Print view: Previous topic | Next topic : Aloe Polyphylla flowering in the UK . Aloe polyphylla, commonly know as Spiral Aloe, is a rare, stemless Aloe, noted for its stunning spiral shape. Aloe polyphylla Date: 2004 May 26 The "spiral Aloe of Lesotho". Watering Aloe polyphylla rocketing away. Learn more about a different type of Aloe by checking out “Aloe Aristata— the Torch Plant“. All times are UTC . Some varieties have a cold tolerance below 32 F. (0 C.) with a bit of protection. It is commonly grown as a house plant but a lucky few zones can grow them year around outdoors. There is another reason that this plant is so highly regarded. The leaves can grow both clockwise and anti-clockwise. General Care for Aloe polyphylla “Spiral Aloe” “Spiral Aloe” is a rare succulent, with rosettes formed by five rows of leaves. Each of the rows contains 15 – 30 individual leaves, which create a rosette as large as 2′ feet across. Each row contains between 15 and 30 sharp leaves, creating a rosette that can grow up to 1 foot (31 cm) across. Aloe polyphylla blooms in the spring, with pink-orange flowers. If all goes well, eventually one may end up with some seedlings of Aloe africana. Why This Succulent is Awesome. The fleshy gray-green leaves form a tight rosette that becomes a beautiful spiral, either clockwise or counterclockwise, as the plant ages. Genus Aloe can be mat-forming or shrubby evergreen perennials, with rosettes of fleshy leaves and small tubular flowers in racemes or panicles . Aloe africana seed pods formed and starting to dehisce (left); seed from pods (right) . Aloe polyphylla. Aloe Polyphylla Care Size & Growth Spiral Aloe’s rosettes are made up of five rows of sharp gray-green leaves. Details A. polyphylla is a compact evergreen perennial prized for the ornamental value of its foliage which is arranged in a pronounced spiral pattern. 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. Board index » Plant and garden discussion » On the Edge. An evergreen succulent perennial, it is well known for its strikingly symmetrical, five-pointed spiral growth habit. In late 1996, I obtained some seed from plants in cultivation in California. The challenge is to find and keep one, as well as to cultivate it. Top. Yorkshire Kris Posts: 10160 Indeed, they are rare. Quote; Post by dk » Sat Sep 17, ... From seed to a beautiful plant measuring 15 cm in diameter in just six months, wow! Growing Conditions for Aloes. Family Asphodelaceae . Aloe africana flowering in my yard (left); Flowers opening up right and ready to be pollinated by bees (right) . Absolutely fascinating, Aloe polyphylla (Spiral Aloe) is a compact evergreen succulent valued for its foliage arranged in a perfect spiral pattern. There are over 400 species of aloe, with Aloe vera one of the best known. Author Message; To grow an offset, simply slip your fingers around the offset and pull it free from the mother plant. And now, 7 months old and another 5cm wider. Aloe plants are native to Africa and grow in many climates. Each Crown Aloe plant may grow to be a foot high and 2′ feet wide. The plants are sometimes under snow in winter. 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