Skip to content
Refine search
Plant type Succulents
Plant Uses Container Plant, Rockery

Best uses

Best used in subtropical-style garden beds and in containers.

Physical characteristics

An evergreen, clump-forming succulent that grows up to 0.5m and 1m wide.

Flowers and foliage

A stemless aloe with a distinctive spiral arrangement of grey-green leaves. It rarely flowers and is therefore grown for its attractive foliage arrangement and form. If it blooms, red-pink flowers are produced in spring.

Preferred site

Prefers full sun or partial shade with free-draining sandy soil.

Preparation for planting

Always choose healthy, well-grown plants and plant after autumn rains. Before planting, ensure the root ball is saturated and remove the planter pot. Dig a hole twice the diameter of the root ball. Trim any broken roots and plant at the same level as in the container. Add coarse grit or pumice to the planting site, or create raised beds in areas with very poor drainage.

Maintenance tips

This plant is relatively low-maintenance and does not require any grooming. Avoid using fertilisers as they do not respond well to its application. After planting it is advisable to mulch using crushed stone rather than bark.

Pests and diseases

Generally pest and disease free.

Location at Auckland Botanic Gardens

Rock Garden

Interesting facts and tips

Aloe polyphylla is endemic to the Kingdom of Lesotho in the Drakensberg mountains in South Africa. In this area, it clings to rocky crevices and well-drained scree slopes. It is Lesotho's national flower. Unfortunately, in its homeland of southern Africa, it is threatened with extinction.