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PlantFiles: Aloe
Aloe cameronii

Family: Aloaceae
Genus: Aloe (AL-oh) (Info)
Species: cameronii (kam-er-ON-ee-eye) (Info)

19 members have or want this plant for trade.

Cactus and Succulents

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Winter

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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5 positives
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive BayAreaTropics On Jun 25, 2013, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

I bought one that was labeled as "Red Aloe arborescens". I couldn't find any reference to that. By posting on Xeric World Forums,It was properly identified. At first,it was more green then red,stayed green in a pot. Then,it was planted out and the transformation was stunning as summer started. It is on the slow side for an Aloe. But,it gets by on so little water very well..leaves don't shrivel. Still,I try to water it in summer at least once a week. Maybe twice if the weather is hot.
This is one of the most wanted non rare Aloes out there..and for good reason.

Positive baiissatva On Aug 2, 2010, baiissatva from Dunedin
New Zealand wrote:

Coastal Otago, 9b.

I find this a pretty uncomplaining aloe, though a little slow. It endured being soaked all last winter since I forgot about it and left it outside, suffering some pretty cold temps while wet and surviving with just a little leaf death. I have two forms, one which is more 'petite' and slightly less toothy, another rooted from a cutting which is much more curvaceous, red-tending, shiny skinned and spectacular.

I give it a wee bit of water all year and it seems fine with that. Nothing much else to report; doesn't seem to commit suicide on a regular basis, but nor is it an astounding performer; I think time will produce a nice clump and some lovely flowers, so patience is probably the key.

Also, the sap is really intense purple when you break a leaf, so watch out for staining. It's a great colour tho!

Positive Porphyrostachys On Aug 30, 2009, Porphyrostachys from Portland, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

Tolerates the heat of the desert fine, but isn't very hardy. The clump melted in the 2007 freeze, but returned from underground suckers. It will take morning sun and still blush red in the winter, but never seems to flower. I don't think it's humid enough here to encourage flowers.

Positive DaleTheGardener On Dec 25, 2006, DaleTheGardener from Tampa, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

Grows in areas with high rainfall, Florida USA. Needs good drainage. Moderate to slow growth here in Florida. A good plant for containers. Reliable bloomer.

Positive palmbob On Aug 24, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a great plant for color, if you have a bright, sunny spot in an area that doesn't get too much water. It is one of the redder aloes available. Nice orange-red flowers in the spring/summer, too. It's a suckering aloe, and spreads slowly. It's teeth are not too sharp, but they can hurt your fingers if you are pruning off some dead leaves (get stiffer once they dry). Sometimes used as stock for hybrids because of the reliable red color to the leaves.

There are three varieties of this species: var. bondana, var. cameronii and var. dedzana. I have no idea if any are different morphologically, but all are from various African countries near the southern end of the continent (but not South AFrica itself)


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Apache Junction, Arizona
Encinitas, California (2 reports)
Encino, California
Hayward, California
Los Angeles, California
National City, California
Rowland Heights, California
San Diego, California
San Leandro, California
Spring Valley, California
Temecula, California
Vista, California (2 reports)
Tampa, Florida

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