Aloe - not a Polyphylla!
I'd love to own an Aloe Polyphylla, a spiral aloe. Alas - I only grow a straight-up, no-twirly-nonsense one. It sits on my succulent shelf on the patio, sheltered from any winter frosts by the house wall.
My aloe comes from humble beginnings - rescued from a bargain bin at the local nursery, with its leaf tips a little burnt. Perhaps if I rotated the pot one degree every day at sunset it might oblige by growing in a curve...
My Own Non-Spiral Aloe
Anyway, local succulent collectors and stylish patio planters can get hold of the spiral variety now - it's been made popular by the glossy gardening magazines and the home-grown Flower Shows.
Google research tells me this aloe occurs naturally in the high Maluti Mountains of Lesotho, Africa. Amazingly (to me) the spirals can be clockwise or anticlockwise. I wonder if each form has an opposing character associated with it. Perhaps it would bring good luck to a gardener to have a specimen of each...
Then a stylish gardener would need matching pairs - the perfect excuse to buy two! Or four... I'm not sure how expensive Aloe Polyphyllas are, though, and I might have to source them from a specialist texture-plants type nursery. Hmm... How about two pot rotations per day?