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Hardy Spiral Aloe

Aloe polyphylla

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The most striking feature of this aloe is its many leaves that are arranged in a spiral pattern. The species is highly sought after as an ornamental, but is difficult to cultivate and usually soon dies if removed from its natural habitat.

Planning

Difficulty
Advanced
Flowering time
Spring, Summer
Fruiting time
Autumn

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
Moist
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Ornamental
One of the most beautiful aloe because of the spiral arrangement of its leaves.

Personality

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

Problems

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

Companion plants

Grasses, succulents and other aloe species.

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