Trachyandra Tortilis
Plant Care,  Propagation,  Rare Houseplants,  Succulents and Cacti

Trachyandra Tortilis

Welcome to our guide to the Trachyandra Tortilis all you need to know about care and propagation, including light, water, soil, temperature and humidity needs

Trachyandra Tortilis Care Summary

Light needs:Bright indirect sunlight.
Watering needs:Let the soil dry out before watering it again, check it weekly.
Fertilizer: A diluted fertilizer during spring and summer.
Soil:Cactus and succulent compost.
Temperature:5-15°C (41-59°F) 
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
Other names:Ribbon plant, Anthericum tortile Baker
Common issues:Root rot from overwatering


Trachyandra Tortilis is a fascinating species of succulents that instantly grabs all the attention thanks to its coil-like decorative leaves. Native to South Africa and Madagascar, this hardy houseplant is used to dry, barren living conditions.

See also: Succulent Soil, Succulent Propagation, Gasteria, Tigers Jaw Succulent.

Trachyandra Tortilis Light Needs

It loves bright, indirect sunlight; so, if you are placing it indoors, consider a South-facing window where it gets plenty of light. The scorching afternoon sun may cause the leaves to burn, so make sure you do not leave them out at peak sun hours.

How Often To Water

Like all succulents, it cannot tolerate overwatering and easily falls prey to root diseases when left in standing water. You should check the soil by inserting your finger before watering the plant. Allow the soil to dry in between waterings to ensure proper drainage.


Trachyandra Tortilis is used to living in depleted soil conditions; hence, you do not have to feed it actively. Applying a diluted fertilizer during the growing months works well in producing lush, green foliage.

Trachyandra Tortilis Soil

Ideally, it needs porous, well-draining soil that is well-aerated as well. Coarse sand and perlite provide optimum drainage and prevent waterlogging.

For more on which cactus and succulent compost to buy or how to make you own, see our guide: Succulent Soil.

When to Repot

You do not have to worry about frequently repotting due to its slow-growing nature. It takes at least 2 years for the roots to outgrow their containers. Keep checking your plant for signs of overcrowded roots, such as spilling through drainage holes, and transfer it to a bigger pot when needed.


They prefer medium to low-level humidity for proper growth. Aim for 50% moisture in the air to maintain humidity levels.


It requires a minimum temperature between 5 – 15°C (41-59°F) to mature. Since it is not a cold-hardy species, do not leave it out in the winters.

How to Propagate Trachyandra Tortilis

The best way to propagate Trachyandra Tortilis is through leaf cuttings. You can also propagate it through seeds; however, the success rate and ease of propagating through leaf cuttings make it the top choice. Simply take a healthy leaf and plant it in the soil. Allow it time to grow new roots and, ultimately, a new plant.

Other Names

Ribbon plant, Anthericum tortile Baker

Where To Buy

Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.

FAQs and Common Problems

It rarely faces pest infestation, so the only problem you might have to deal with is root rot. Since the major cause of root rot is overwatering, you have to be mindful of the watering schedule. Check the soil before watering it again, allowing it ample time to dry in between waterings.

What is Trachyandra Tortilis?

Trachyandra Tortilis is an exotic perennial succulent known for its unique foliage. The spiral, green leaves grow up to 24-inches giving it a unique appearance. Surely, It will be a good addition to your beautiful house.

Is Trachyandra Tortilis toxic to cats?

It is neither toxic to cats nor humans.

How do you take care of Trachyandra Tortilis?

Trachyandra Tortilis is an easy-to-care indoor plant. Grow it in low humidity and high-temperature environments and water once or twice a week to grow into a lush, green succulent.

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