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Red aloe

Aloe cameronii

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Aloe is best known as a medicinal plant ( Aloe vera , Zones 10-11), but there are many beautiful aloes as well. Most have amazing winter flowers, and some, have interesting foliage color. Red aloe  has color that varies from green to a deep, red wine hue, depending on sun and water. and, over time, will form beautiful red-purple mounds with orange flowers. It is easily propagated from cuttings. -Jeff Moore, Regional Picks: Southwest, Fine Gardening issue #120

Noteworthy CharacteristicsWine red foliage, if conditions are right.

CareProvide full sun and well-drained soil.

PropagationEasily propagated from cuttings.

ProblemsMealybugs, scale, Pythium root rot, bacterial soft rot, fungal stem rot, leaf rot.

  • Genus : Aloe
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 10, 11, 9
  • Plant Type : Cacti and Succulents
  • Uses : Containers
  • Tolerance : Drought Tolerant
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Foliage Color : Purple/Burgundy
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Bloom Time : Winter
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