Get To Know These 19+ Spiral Succulents

Succulents are known for their unique and captivating forms, and some of them have the ability to form geometric spirals, similar to the patterns seen in sunflowers or pine cones. These succulents with spiral leaves are not only visually appealing but also fascinating in their growth patterns. Let’s explore some of these spiral succulents that fall under this category.

1. Aeonium ‘Emerald Ice’

With concentric rosettes that form spirals, Aeonium ‘Emerald Ice’ is a striking member of the emerald family. It has numerous green leaves, sometimes with a touch of light green, and creamy white margins. This succulent prefers moist soil and a shady location.

Aeonium 'Emerald Ice'

2. Aeonium ‘Party Platter’

Belonging to the Aeonium genus, Aeonium ‘Party Platter’ is a geometric spiral succulent with light green leaves featuring serrated edges. The leaves are naturally arranged in a mosaic pattern, with the older leaves rounded on the lower part of the stem. As the leaves curve downward, they eventually cover the stem, giving it an invisible appearance.

Aeonium 'Party Platter'

3. Aeonium tabuliforme

Aeonium tabuliforme is known as the flat succulent spiral due to its almost perfectly flat top. This short plant produces wide rosettes with small light green leaves, sometimes with white spots. The leaves have hairy margins and grow from short, simple stems.

Aeonium tabuliforme

4. Aeonium hybrid ‘Zwartkop’

Aeonium hybrid ‘Zwartkop’ is a prominent member of the Aeonium genus. This succulent can reach a mature height of two to four feet. Its purple-black leaves form spirally arranged rosettes at the edge of the stem. Like other Aeoniums, it requires enough light but not direct sunlight and sufficient moisture in the soil without waterlogging. Its unique color, leaf shape, and arrangement make it an excellent ornamental houseplant.

Aeonium hybrid 'Zwartkop'

5. Agave ‘Blue Glow’ Variegated

Agave ‘Blue Glow’ Variegated is a collectible houseplant with blue-green rosette-forming leaves and a cream-yellow margin. The broad, lance-shaped leaves of this succulent form less compact rosettes than those with smaller leaves. It is a solitary plant that occasionally produces pups, not taking up much space.

Agave 'Blue Glow' Variegated

6. Agave Potatorum Variegate

Agave Potatorum Variegate is a compact succulent with green leaves and cream margins. Its leaves form rosettes around the short stem, creating a spiral effect. The rosettes grow in concentric rings at different levels, resulting in an intriguing appearance.

Agave Potatorum Variegate

7. Agave victoriae-reginae

Also known as Queen Victoria Agave or Royal Agave, Agave victoriae-reginae features geometrical, sculpted leaves that form rosettes from the bottom. It doesn’t have a stem and remains relatively compact across the species, reaching a maximum mature height of 0.5 meters. Some of them have perfectly formed rosettes resembling a queen’s crown.

Agave victoriae-reginae

8. Agave Americana

Agave Americana, also known as the century plant or American Aloe, is a large succulent with leaves that can grow up to 3-5 feet in habitat. The leaves grow in a Fibonacci spiral arrangement from the bottom to the top. It thrives in dry conditions and requires similar conditions when grown as a houseplant.

Agave Americana

9. Aloe Polyphylla

Aloe Polyphylla, also known as the Spiral Aloe, is one of the most well-known spiral succulents. Its rosettes form perfect Fibonacci spirals, either clockwise or counterclockwise, with five points. The leaves range from bright, light green to darker green and have spines on the edges. Growing this succulent requires careful attention and skill to maintain its unique spiral pattern.

Aloe Polyphylla

10. Aloe brevifolia

Aloe brevifolia is characterized by short leaves, which give the plant a total mature height of 10 cm. Unlike Aloe Polyphylla, its spirals are vertical. The thick leaves have a triangular profile and spines on the edges and along the middle on the outer side. This succulent produces rosettes that form clusters through suckers on the side.

Aloe brevifolia

11. Ariocarpus Fissuratus

Ariocarpus Fissuratus is a small cactus found in Mexico and Texas. As a houseplant, it forms a spiral of grey-green leaves on its stem. This slow-growing plant is often grafted onto faster-growing cacti to speed up its development. It produces pink flowers at the top during its flowering season.

Ariocarpus Fissuratus

12. Echeveria ‘Cubic Frost’

Echeveria ‘Cubic Frost’ is a stunning spiral succulent with bluish-grey leaves and pink edges. The leaves have a unique backward-bending shape and grow in mild horizontal spirals. This short plant reaches a maximum mature height of 20 cm, and its rosette can grow as big as ten inches. In addition to the beautiful foliage, it produces fantastic orange bell-shaped flowers.

Echeveria 'Cubic Frost'

13. Echeveria ‘Dondo’

Echeveria ‘Dondo’ has grey-green succulent leaves with three pointed ends and a spine in the middle. This spiral succulent forms rosettes from the base without a stem. The leaves grow in horizontal spirals and produce flowers with pink petals and orange tips. While the flowers enhance its beauty, this plant is mainly admired for its spiral foliage.

Echeveria 'Dondo'

14. Echeveria imbricata

Echeveria imbricata, also known as the blue rose, showcases evergreen blue-green leaves arranged in near-perfect rosettes. The saucer-shaped leaves have a tip on the edge, and the rosettes form spirals. This hardy succulent reaches an average height between 4 and 8 inches and produces bell-shaped orange-red flowers in spring and early summer.

Echeveria imbricata

15. Echeveria ‘Lime N’ Chile’

Echeveria ‘Lime N’ Chile’ is a cultivar with lime green leaves, a unique color within the Echeveria family. The leaves are covered with a white farina layer, and the lime color is visible beneath it. This spiral succulent forms beautiful rosettes from its fleshy, saucer-like leaves. It thrives when watered and fed but should avoid waterlogging.

Echeveria 'Lime N' Chile'

16. Epithelantha micromeris

Epithelantha micromeris is a tiny cactus with a grey spikey appearance. Its stems are covered in spines that grow perfectly spirally from top to bottom. Despite its small size, this spiral succulent clusters together, making it even more appealing. It produces pink or maroon flowers on top of the stem.

Epithelantha micromeris

17. Euphorbia esculenta

Euphorbia esculenta, also known as the spiral euphorbia, features a club-shaped caudex from which numerous branches grow spirally. These branches are so dense that the caudex is often hidden. Each branch curves upward and is about eight inches long and an inch wide. The rosette formed by the branches can reach a height of ten inches. However, it is important to note that this plant has prickly spines on the branches.

Euphorbia esculenta

18. Lophophora williamsii

Lophophora williamsii, commonly known as peyote, is a solitary cactus without spines. Its glaucous green stem is globular and short, reaching a maximum height of six centimeters. The stem has grooves that form upward spirals, with wooly projections. This unique spiral succulent produces light pink flowers with yellow anthers.

Lophophora williamsii

19. Mammillaria celsiana

Mammillaria celsiana is a succulent with a cylindrical stem covered in glassy white or yellow spines. The spines grow spirally on the stem, giving it a unique appearance. Though solitary, this cactus branches severally, creating a clustered look. It reaches a maximum height of eight inches and has a sunken, wooly top that produces small flowers in a ring.

Mammillaria celsiana

20. Sempervivum arachnoideum

Sempervivum arachnoideum, also known as the cobweb house leek, forms rosettes with furry leaves resembling cobwebs. The leaves have cilia on the edges, creating the furriness. These rosettes spiral horizontally and grow from the base. This compact succulent reaches a height of three meters and produces pink hermaphrodite flowers.

Sempervivum arachnoideum

In conclusion, there is a wide variety of spiral succulents across different species. Their spirals can be formed either vertically or horizontally, depending on the plant’s growth conditions. The clarity of the spiraling leaf arrangement is influenced by the shape and size of the leaves. Spiraling succulents offer a captivating and unique addition to any succulent collection.

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