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Spiral Aloe

Aloe polyphylla

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Belonging to the Aloe genus, Spiral Aloe has a botanical name of Aloe polyphylla.

The leaves of this rare plant form a unique clockwise or counter clockwise geometric spiral pattern.3

Spiral Aloe grows as a perennial and is a flowering succulent. Being a perennial plant, it tends to grow best over several years (approx 3 years and greater).

Normally grows with a stemless habit. This plant tends to bloom in mid summer.

South Africa is believed to be where Spiral Aloe originates from.

Due to how easy it is to grow in a variety of conditions, Spiral Aloe is great for beginner gardeners and those that like low maintainance gardens.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Spiral Aloe have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Spiral Aloe

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Sun

  • Low

This plant does better when planted on a slope.

This rare specimen does well in container cultures. Occasional water only needed after establishment.3

Plant in a location that enjoys full sun / partial sun and remember to apply water fairly sparingly. Zone 7 to 9 are typically the USDA Hardiness Zones that are appropriate for this plant (although this can vary based on your microclimate). Keep in mind when planting that Spiral Aloe is thought of as hardy, so this plant will survive close to or on freezing temperatures.

See our list of companion Plants for Spiral Aloe to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Spiral Aloe from seed

Transplanting Spiral Aloe

As Spiral Aloe is hardy, ensure temperatures are mild enough to plant out - wait until after your last frost date to be on the safe side.

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Spiral Aloe Etymology

The genus name Aloe is derived from the Arabic, Alloch or Alloeh1, and translated as Allal in Greek and Hebrew, meaning “shining bitter substance”, which describes aloe sap2.

Other names for Spiral Aloe

Misspellings: Aloe poylphylla

Latest Spiral Aloe Reviews


1 :The South African Gardeners Survival Manual, by Ann Bonar; First published 1985

2 Aloe Vera


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