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Aloe polyphylla
  • RHS AGM

many-leaved aloe

A. polyphylla is a compact evergreen perennial prized for the ornamental value of its foliage which is arranged in a pronounced spiral pattern. Fleshy leaves have white to pale-green marginal spines and a single brown spine at the leaf tip. The tubular flowers borne on a branching spike in spring, can be variable in colour but are usually red with greenish-yellow tips

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
0.5–1 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Green
Autumn Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H3
Botanical details
Family
Asphodelaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Matforming
Genus

Aloe can be mat-forming or shrubby evergreen perennials, with rosettes of fleshy leaves and small tubular flowers in racemes or panicles

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Lesotho

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow under glass in a loam-based potting compost with added extra grit. Water moderately when in growth from spring to early autumn; very sparingly when dormant. Apply a balanced liquid fertiliser 2 or 3 times in the growing season

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown at 21°C as soon as ripe, or from offsets

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Patio and container plants
  • Sub-tropical
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Can get scale insects and mealybugs

Diseases

Generally disease free

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