Aloe cameronii Hemsl.
Red Aloe, Cameron's Ruwari Aloe
Aloe cameronii var. cameronii
Aloe cameronii is an attractive succulent with erect stems, branching from the base and above, ascending or the basal ones shortly decumbent, all clothed in persistent leaf remains. It grows up to 5 feet (1.5 m) tall, rarely to 8.2 feet (2.5 m) when supported by surrounding vegetation. Stems are topped by a lax rosette of green triangular leaves that turn a beautiful coppery red in summer. The leaves are erect to spreading, up to 20 inches (50 cm) long, and up to 2.8 inches (7 cm) wide. Flowers are bright glossy red with paler tips, orange or occasionally creamy-yellow, slightly curved, up to 1.8 inches (4.5 cm) long, and up to 0.3 inches (0.7 cm) in diameter. They appear arranged in up to 12 inches (30 cm) long racemes with a branched peduncle. The inflorescences, 1 to 3 from each rosette, are erect and up to 3.3 feet (1 m) tall.
USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Aloes can live long and thrive with very little care. These plants are great for beginners.
When growing Aloes indoors, place your plants near a southern or southwest-facing window that gets plenty of bright, indirect light. To keep your Aloes looking green, avoid exposing them to direct sun, which can cause leaves to brown. Rotate the pots once or twice a week to receive equal lighting for all sides of the plants. Rotating your Aloe also helps balance out the look of the plant, as leaves tend to grow toward the sunlight.
Outdoors provide light shade, especially during the hottest parts of the day. An excellent spot for growing Aloe outdoors is on a covered patio or porch.
Plant Aloes in a well-drained soil specially formulated for cacti and other succulents or make your soil mix. Drainage is essential because too much moisture around roots can cause root rot.
These succulents need regular watering but are very tolerant of drought conditions for short periods. Water deeply, but only when the soil is completely dry. Cut back on watering during the winter months. Overwatering is the top reason Aloe plants die. Do not let water stand in the rosettes.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Aloe.
This species is native to Africa.
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