Aloe cameronii (Red Aloe) is an attractive suckering succulent with many upright stems of open rosettes with lax, narrow, dark green…
Aloe cameronii will grow to a moderate sized mound up to 2 feet in height and twice that in width. The Red Aloe has orange-red flowers from late Fall into early Winter. Orange Flowers - Red Flowers Aloe cameronii turns red with the heat of Summer. The Red Aloe is tolerant of a wide variety of soil types if the soil is allowed to dry out between irrigation cycles. Aloe cameronii is quite drought tolerant, drought stressed plants will show red in the foliage. The Red Aloe grows well in lightly shaded to full sun gardens. Excessive water or shade and this Aloe will stay green. Aloe cameronii is Winter hardy into the mid to high 20°s F
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Aloe Cameronii boasts a medium size, growing up to 1′ – 2′ feet tall and 2′ – 4′ feet wide.
It prefers moist and sandy soils in full sun or partial shade for a full, healthy shape.
This evergreen plant grows at a slow-moderate rate and under perfect conditions lives up to 40 years or more.
Aloe Cameronii is known to be drought-tolerant and hence makes the best choice for drylands.
In regards to its hardiness, Aloe Cameronii is hardy to zone 7 to 10 which goes to show the plant’s ability to uphold light frosts in winter.
The plant is cultivated mostly indoors during cold weather conditions.
The reason for Aloe Cameronii to be known as “red aloe” is because of its foliage color – strikingly red.
Its intense red hue is always in the spotlight and adds richness to the winter plant.
The deciduous plant also has curving leaves, ranging from parrot green to coppery red in summer.
From late fall to winter, Aloe Cameronii produces tall spikes of bright orange-red flowers.
The stems of the plant come with open rosettes 1′ – 2′ feet with medium-sized, dark green leaves.
Gardeners and plant-growers all over the world not only enjoy the plant’s unique appearance but also its musky, cinnamon-like scent.
For the healthy growth of Aloe Cameronii, the plant needs maximum sunlight which is why it is considered ideal to grow it in summers.
Even when growing in winter, the plant should be provided with full, bright light.
The drought-tolerant plant likes warm temperatures from 70° – 80° degrees Fahrenheit (21° – 27° C).
However, the plant is able to withstand 40° degrees Fahrenheit (4.5° C).
Aloe Cameronii does not have high water requirements.
Instead, the plant has low-medium water needs.
In summers, the plant is grown in full sun and in rich, well-drained soil.
It is irrigated occasionally in the warm season to enhance the attractive color of the plant’s leaves.
Avoid overwatering or under-watering the soil as in both the cases the leaves of the plant easily dry up.
Potted aloes require houseplant fertilizer once a month to stay fully nourished.
Make sure to apply the fertilizer in half-strength concentration.
Red aloe thrives best in hot, dry as well as cold, humid seasons.
Transplanting is best done when the aloe plant outgrows its pot or is at risk of toppling over.
In such a case, transfer the pot to a wider container.
When transplanting a garden red aloe, dig up a spot in the garden or landscape and resow the plant.
Once the aloe is placed in the newly dig hole, backfill the soil around the roots.
Tap down the soil with your hands or gently press it with your feet.
After two to three days, water the soil around the new transplant.
Due to improper watering, the leaves of a red aloe plant are at the risk of turning a sickly yellow color.
This problem is resolved by making sure the plant is not being over/under-watered.
Therefore, it is always wise to check the succulent plant’s soil every week or so.
If it is dry, do not wait to give low-moderate water to the plant.
If needed, change the red aloe’s pot.
This kind of plant does best in a shallow container with proper drainage holes and the ability to accommodate plant roots.
Common Names: Red Aloe, Cameron’s Ruwari Aloe
Origin: Zimbabwe on rock outcroppings
Size Label: 1 Gallon
Cold Tolerance: 25 to 30°F -3.9 to -1.1°C
Heat Tolerance: Very high
Light Requirement: Full sun
Water needs: Drought tolerant, can take light irrigation in hot summers
Maintenance: Remove dead flower spikes as desired.
Uses: Rock gardens, succulent and cactus gardens and xeriscape. This plant makes a handsome container plant when young (however leaves retain a bright green color in lower light settings). Leaves are brittle and can easily be broken so plan plant’s location accordingly. Good for attracting nectar loving birds and insects when in bloom.
Propagation: Remove and replant rooted offshoots. Seeds can be collected from pods and sown.
Special notes: This medium-sized aloe suckers readily with many upright stems and grows in open rosettes one to two feet in diameter. The leaves turn a beautiful coppery red in sunny weather and drought. Without bright sun or especially if overwatered, this aloe will remain bright apple-green. Orange-red flowers come in winter to spring in Southern California and are held a foot above the foliage. They are very attractive to nectar-seeking birds. The seed pods that follow are interesting as well. This aloe makes a nice specimen planting and provides a striking foliage color contrast in the succulent garden.
Regarded as one of the most attractive foliage Aloes, Aloe cameronii (Red Aloe) is an evergreen succulent with upright stems of open rosettes. The fleshy, gracefully curving leaves are a rainbow of colors ranging from green to a rich coppery red, depending on sun and water. In late fall to early winter, spikes of bright orange-red flowers are borne in profusion above the foliage, brightening up the garden. This Aloe provides a colorful focal point in the xeriscape. It is easily propagated from cuttings.