Sunday, 6 November 2016


Aloe polyphylla (spiral aloe, kroonaalwyn, lekhala kharetsa) is a species in the genus Aloe and family Xanthorrhoeaceae that is endemic to the Kingdom of Lesotho in the Drakensberg mountains. It is well known for its strikingly symmetrical, five-pointed spiral growth habit.

Aloe polyphylla is a stemless aloe and grows its leaves in a very distinctive spiral shape. The plants do not seem to sucker or produce off-shoots, but from the germination of their seeds they can form small, dense clumps. The fat, wide, serrated, gray-green leaves have sharp, dark leaf-tips. This aloe flowers at the beginning of summer, producing red-to-pink flowers at the head of robust, branched inflorescences.

The species is highly sought after as an ornamental but is difficult to cultivate and usually soon dies if removed from its natural habitat. In South Africa, buying or collecting the plant is a criminal offence.

This post is part of the Friday Greens meme,
and also part of the My Sunday Photo meme,
and also part of the Photo Sunday meme,


  1. wonderful plant .... all those shades of green....nice

  2. Beautiful detail

    Thank you for linking up

  3. I love this angle. Great detail. #MySundayPhoto

  4. Fabulous shot, I love the pattern


  5. This plant certainly is photogenic with that lovely spiral. Hope people take the prohibition on trying to transplant these seriously.


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