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-Full sun to light shade
-Hardy to USDA zones 7b (5-10° F)
-Plant in a well drained soil and water regularly (thirstier than most aloes!)
This plant was grown in an organic manner. I make my own media, use organic fertilizer and refrain from chemicals.
This plant and has been grown and is shipped in a Gallon pot . The first image is of a mature plant and the following images are of the plants that I am currently shipping. I have multiples of this item, so if you wish to purchase more than one plant, convo me!!
Plant is in a pre-spiral phase. Visible spiral is at 8-12 inches in diameter.
How long does this take? Well, it depends on your growing conditions.
This aloe is stemless and usually has a solitary rosette to 1 foot tall and wide whose leaves are arranged in a perfect spiral. This spiral may be clockwise or counter clockwise and is formed by five rows of leaves with each row having between 15 and 30 leaves each. The individual leaves are broad at the base and taper to sharp dark tip with irregular teeth along the margins.
In late spring to summer mature plants send up a 2 foot tall branching inflorescence with of the successive branched capped by a compact head of salmon-pink flowers. .
This aloe is endemic to basalt rock outcroppings within grasslands in the higher elevations between 6,500 and 8,200 feet of the Maluti Mountains of Lesotho in South Africa. At these elevations plants are often under snow in winter and there is ample summer moisture both through mist and rainfall. This rare and beautiful aloe has become a prized collector's item and has also been used for African tribal medicinal and magical purposes (Muthi). Because of this, plants in the wild are now considered endangered and plants should not be purchased if it is suspected that the plant or seed has been wild collected. My plants have been propagated by tissue culture using cultivated material.
The name "polyphylla" comes from Latin words "poly" meaning many and "phylla" meaning leaves. While this plant is called Spiral Aloe the world over for the arrangement of its leaves within the rosette, the Afrikaans common name Kroonaalwyn translates to "Crown Aloe"
I ship plants on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday (via Priority Mail), so they don’t get stuck at the Post Office over the weekend. Orders received after 2 PM PST Tuesday will ship the following Monday.
Shipping prices are configured for the furthest shipping locations, if actual shipping cost is more than $1.00 less, I will issue a refund.
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