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Hardy Spiral Aloe

Aloe polyphylla

Also known as

Many-Leaved Aloe, Basotoland Aloe, Coiled Aloe

Aloe polyphylla by English Wikipedia (CC BY 2.5)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Hardy Spiral Aloe Overview

Compact evergreen perennial species with striking, spiralling foliage. The most striking feature of this Aloe species is its regular leaves arranged in a spiral rosette. The species is highly sought after as an ornamental, but is difficult to cultivate and is difficult to maintain outside its natural habitat. Leaves are fleshy and edged in pale green to white spines, with a single, brown spine at their tips. Flowers are tubular and produced on a branched inflorescence, they vary in colour but are most often pink-red with green-yellow tips.

Common problems with Hardy Spiral Aloe

Like most aloes, susceptible to scale insects and mealy bugs.

Hardy Spiral Aloe Companion Plants

Grasses, succulents and other aloe species.

How to harvest Hardy Spiral Aloe

Generally not harvested.

How to propagate Hardy Spiral Aloe


Sow seeds when ripe in sandy soil.

Special features of Hardy Spiral Aloe

Drought resistant

Aloes can go long periods with little water.

Attractive leaves

Pot plant

Other uses of Hardy Spiral Aloe


One of the most beautiful Aloe species due to the spiral arrangement of its leaves.