Aloe cameronii

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Aloe cameronii

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Los Angeles arboretum
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this is a southern AFrican species found in many countries (not as far south as South Africa) that is a very popular landscape plant for aloe enthusiasts (has not really caught on with the general public for some reason). IT is a heat, sun-loving species that has a tendency to develop very red, ornamental leaf color if stressed (dry and hot, or dry and cold)... however, if watered regularly or grown in any degree of shade, leaf colors are pretty greenish with only leaf tips getting some red coloration (as in my garden). Very variable plant with multiple official varieties: bondana and dedzana... but frankly the exact differences are unclear to me. As can be seen in the above photos, one form has fairly large, upright leaves while another, more spreading form, has thinner and more open rosettes. Either way, the leaves are always very smooth and brittle (cannot bend these leaves with breaking them) and feel a lot like plastic. Leaves are scalloped as marginal teeth seem to be part of the leaf shape, rather than looking 'added on' like many aloe teeth look.

Flowers are in winter and are typically deep scarlet, but can be light red, orange or even yellow. Flowers have a characterstic arching droop to them. Easy plant and easy to grow from cuttings, but not a very cold tolerant species, showing marked damage below 28F and stress below 32F. Mine survived a freeze down into the mid 20s but took a bad hit and basically had to almost start over again.
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Aloe cameroniis in flower in various botanical gardens, southern California
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From Kew Gardens, London.
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The only Aloe more tender I've tried is A.dorothea. My A.cameronii had to do the recovery from almost a total loss. It wasn't fast,but its been steady since 2013. I second that the leaves cant take any brushing from foot-leg traffic- brittle as can be.
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I have had this for many years but it has never flowered. To show how old it is somebody bought it back for me from what was then Rhodesia.

Nevertheless it is a handsome plant.
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This year sort of Orange,others red. Or,maybe the red will return as summer goes on. 2014 nearly killed it. Very frost sensitive. Its now making a comeback.
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mickthecactus wrote:
mickthecactus wrote:I have had this for many years but it has never flowered. To show how old it is somebody bought it back for me from what was then Rhodesia.

Nevertheless it is a handsome plant.
Here it is photo'd yesterday -


The photo is not showing. Neither is Spines recent A.polyphylla.

It says "Photo dimensions cannot be determined". What it says.
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I'm seeing photos fine right now.
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Now,I see it. All's well that ends well.
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Mine is more of that brownish red when it colors up.
Usually, it's more of a brown than red, but here it was in summer of 2015, the reddest it ever got.
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Full sun and very dry will get it red. I've done that before and it was near fire engine red. It was next to south facing white wall..and I would always forget to water it. Seemed like it was greenish one month and next time in early summer- red. I moved it for safety reasons.Not quite as hot,but I do water more. I worry if in going for very red- that would bring growth to a crawl and its slow already.
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That same plant right now? Green as can be. I shamefully left it in it's winter quarters, and water it well too. I'm soooo bad.... :lol: It's OK, even green, I like it. Also, I can throw it out there in the sun anytime. It colors up really fast actually.
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This year- and I see a cutting was taken without my permission. They took the largest of this slow growing plant. I see I have to talk to some renters...
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They moved-lol. NO wonder. I guess it was a goodbye cutting. Here it is today with a Parrodia flowering in bright July sun. I use the brick to keep me from brushing the Aloe-leaves snap so easy. I will replace with a rock asap. Upping my plant game.
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Aloe cameronii, growing away. Flower photos are from Feb. 2017. Maybe a hybrid due to the different looking flower??
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I'm going out on a limb and say - THESE do NOT like clay soils. Mine is way too slow growing in a fine spot. Those large clumps in photos or at the big H must be in soil that been worked over and amended well. Another possibility? They might be the type of succulents that do much better with a mulch. I have noticed since using that gray lava in my front yard,plants have done significantly better then they had pre rock cover.
So...my point is..they are not carefree like most Aloe's.
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hot dry fall weather, southern California
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They look like flames which is very apposite I guess.
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Do Aloe's like this also do well in the desert? Aloe dorotheae is another that strikes me as wanting hot all the time.
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I have been looking for one (not really that hard, but looking for sure) and thought I obtained one about a year ago, but it is too spotted to be cameronii, I think it something called 'dorotheae', which definitely stresses very red, but apparently it is getting too much shade from my Palo Verde to show it even during the absolute heat and dryness of July this year.

Maybe Melt in the Sun has it growing? If not send me a cutting or offset (nudge nudge wink wink) and I'd be happy to report on how it does here... (I will gladly pay for shipping).
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I've had an Aloe cameronii in a container here since May 2017. It's been through two desert summers now ... and it's still alive! It was green when I got it, stayed green through summer 2017, reddened up quite nicely in winter 2017-2018, and stayed red until mid-summer this year when I moved it under almost full patio shade when the extreme heat rolled around. I was amazed how fast it greened up. I moved it to shade just as a precaution against the intense sun/heat, but I probably could have left it where it was getting full sun in morning then part shade of a palo brea tree for much of the afternoon. It's been doing well, but no blooms yet.
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mcvansoest wrote: Maybe Melt in the Sun has it growing?
Nope...sorry!
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