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Aloe cameronii – Red Aloe

Scientific Name

Aloe cameronii Hemsl.

Common Names

Red Aloe, Cameron’s Ruwari Aloe

Synonyms

Aloe cameronii var. cameronii

Scientific Classification

Family: Xanthorrhoeaceae
Subfamily: Asphodeloideae
Genus: Aloe
Description

Aloe cameronii is a medium-sized suckering Aloe with many upright stems of open rosettes up to 2 feet (60 cm) with lax narrow leaves that are medium to dark green and that turn a beautiful coppery red in summer. It bears 1 foot (30 cm) tall spikes of bright orange-red flowers that appear from late fall into early winter.
How to Grow and Care

Aloe is a very forgiving plant, and a well-grown Aloe can be quite beautiful. As with all succulents, it’s essential that Aloe is never allowed to sit in stagnant water, and the plant should be carefully monitored to watch for signs of overwatering. Water generously in the summer and nearly cease watering in the winter. Do not let water stand in the rosettes. Prefers warmer temperatures of 70ºF/21ºC to 80ºF/27ºC, but will survive down to 40ºF/4.5ºC.
Aloe are not particularly fast-growing and will only rarely need repotting. Repot plants in the spring that are tipping over their pots or have ceased growing. Use a fast-draining potting mix with one-third sand or pebbles. During repotting of a larger plant, it is possible to carefully divide the root ball.