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Aloe polyphylla (Spiral Aloe)

Aloes are famously easy to grow – as long as they don’t get too wet or too cold. These grow in the high Drakensbergs in Lesotho and are said to often survive several weeks in winter covered in snow. Does this bode well for its chances outside in Sussex? No idea – give it a go and let us know.

They can reach 1ft across in diameter and unlike some other Aloes, they grow singly, not as a clump like Aloe aristata (which we also grow). Despite their famous ability to survive inundation by snow, they need conditions to be as dry as possible so try either in a pot in well drained compost or in the ground in a nice sunny spot where the drainage is good.

The flowers last for several weeks in early summer. See the pictures for description.

Grown from seed.

Hardiness traffic light amber

Hardiness level Amber

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Hardy in the Home Counties if sensibly sited (avoiding severe frost pockets, for example). Many Amber Labelled Plants are from cuttings from well-established plants that have survived many harsh winters in the South-East.

This is only meant as a guide. Please remember we're always on hand to give advice about plants and their frost hardiness.

Please remember that these coloured labels are only a rough guide.

General Point about Plant Hardiness: The commonly held belief that it's better to 'plant small' is perfectly true with herbaceous plants, but not necessarily true with woody plants. They need some 'wood' on them to survive severe cold - so plants of marginal hardiness in very cold areas should really be planted LARGER, rather than smaller, wherever possible.