Spiral Aloe profile

Written by Maggie

Dec 04 2020

Spiral Aloe profile

Spiral Aloe grows on the grassland of 2000-2500 meters above sea level, and even on the slopes of higher altitude areas.The plant does not grow slowly when it becomes a plant, but because it has a strong terminal bud advantage, it almost does not produce a plant under natural conditions, and its flowers are very spectacular and beautiful, flowering conditions are relatively strict, in the original place only in a special climate, when the climate is not suitable for years, or even many years do not bloom.Because of its high ornamental value, it is cultivated in many parts of the world and In China. Artificial planting adopts techniques such as seedling transplanting or cutting for asexual propagation, and prefers the environment with great temperature difference between day and night. This species has a very long life, and it is said that the plant can survive for more than 50 years.Native to the kingdom of Lesotho, which covers an area of 30,000 square kilometers in southeast Africa, aloe vera is the rarest alpine aloe in the world.

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Spiral Aloe

Spiral Aloe morphological features

Spiral Aloe is a kind of stemless poly plasma plant.Each plant is a single rosette, up to 30 cm in diameter and 90 cm in width.Leaves are spiral rosettes, emerald green to gray-green, soft, succulent and thick.The leaf base is broad, tapering to acuminate, black, margin irregularly serrate.Unlike the usual aloe vera, the leaves of Spiral Aloe are arranged in a triangular, perfectly helical pattern, in the shape of a round basin.The first few leaves rise in a straight line, and around the seventh, they begin to take the shape of a spiral, which must be at least 20 centimeters in diameter at the beginning.There are 5 rows of leaves in the initial spiral formation, about 15-30 leaves in each row, and 130-150 leaves in each plant after forming.The helix is sometimes clockwise and sometimes counterclockwise.

Mature Spiral Aloe grow flower stems at the top of branches. The flowers are magnificent and beautiful, 60 cm high. The flowers are red to pink and sometimes yellow.The capitate is branchlike, end of each branch with a flower, flowers compact, flowering spring to early summer.

Spiral Aloe growth environment

Spiral Aloe grows on the grassland of 2000-2500 meters above sea level, and even on the slopes of higher altitude areas.A loose rock in a rock fissure of basalt that grows on steep slopes, often in lesotho's cloud belt.The soil in the growing areas is well drained and there is plenty of summer rain.Because of the cold climate of the mountain regions, the leafy Spiral Aloe plants usually grow on the east side of the mountain slopes so that the plants can get as much sunlight as possible during the winter months.The Spiral Aloe can withstand winter snowfall.To preserve good drainage, in natural conditions it is generally rooted in loose basalt fractures on steep slopes.In lesotho, where the species is native, populations of leafy aloe vera are often located in the mist and cloud zones of humid mountains.Although Spiral Aloe requires well-drained soil, it also requires a moist environment.High elevations tend to have high rainfall and are moist and cool, making it ideal for Spiral Aloe. 

Spiral Aloe

Spiral Aloe distribution range

Spiral Aloe is native to the Kingdom of Lesotho in southeast Africa, covering an area of only 30,000 square kilometers, and it is a unique Aloe species in Drakensberg.Spiral Aloe is the rarest alpine aloe in the world.It is cultivated all over the world and in China. 

Spiral Aloe primary value

The ornamental value of Spiral Aloe is very high, and usually only seeds can be obtained through sowing and manual intervention to destroy the growth point.Therefore, the price of Spiral Aloe seed is one of the most expensive among almost all plants. Because of the infrequent flowering and lack of appropriate opportunities for flowering and pollination, it is difficult to seed, so the price of a Spiral Aloe seed is even more than the record of 10 euros. 

Spiral Aloe