Aloe polyphylla, spiraling succulent, 5 rare seeds, almost extinct, cool climate aloe, Lesotho native, South Africa, collectors plant



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Aloe polyphylla is astonishing. This spiraling succulent looks more like origami than a plant. It's native to the cold, high mountains of Lesotho in South Africa where the wild population is almost extinct. Buying or collecting plants there is a criminal offense. They're very hard to find.

But we have seeds. They germinate easily and are as easy to grow as most succulents. They do prefer a coolish climate below 80 degrees. This is no desert aloe.

The first few leaves grow straight up. Around the seventh leaf, they start to spiral, clockwise or counter-clockwise, eventually growing into a large rosette 1-2ft in diameter and 12" in height.

Aloe polyphylla does not produce pups, but in early summer sends up a branching stem of coral colored flowers and those make more seeds.

Coarse sandy soil is essential. Place your seeds on the surface and barely cover. Keep the soil moist, but not overly wet. Optimal temperature is between 68-78 degrees Fahrenheit. Germination can take weeks to several months, so be patient. This plant is rare for a reason.

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