Spiral aloe

Aloe polyphylla

Photo/Illustration: 
Steve Aitken
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Spiral aloe (Aloe polyphylla)
AL-oh pol-ee-FIL-lah
Genus:  Aloe
The spine-tipped leaves of this aloe grow in a beautiful spiral; mature plants have five rows of leaves growing either clockwise or counterclockwise. It is very hardy, but will rarely flower. A native of Lesotho, Africa, it is extremely endangered due to overcollecting.
Care:  Provide full sun or light shade and excellent drainage. Winter moisture is fatal.
Problems:  Fusarium crown rot.

Overview

Height
6 in. to 12 in.
Spread
6 in. to 12 in.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Foliage
Uses
Container,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Style
Desert Garden,
Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Deer Tolerant,
Drought Tolerant,
Frost Tolerant
Type
Cacti and Succulents

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