Aloe cameronii in bloom in May

bahia(SF Bay Area)May 20, 2011

A shot of some blooming Aloe cameronii in an Oakland garden that had burnt to the ground back in the 1991 Oakland Hills Fire. This clumping spotted Aloe is little seen in Bay Area gardens, but gives a wonderful show in late spring/early summer, and has graceful good looks the rest of the year as well. This group of three is joined by an adjacent Marmalade Bush, Streptosolen jamesonii which continues the bloom color nearly until Christmas. The plantings on this slope are intended to be firesafe low fuel plants with low water needs and year round good looks, and give some interest from views inside the house as well as from the street below. Further up the slope are more Aloe capitata v. quartzicola which bloomed back in February, a specimen white leaved Agave franzosinii, and Leucospermum reflexum, also blooming now.

Here is a link that might be useful: Aloe cameronii and Streptosolen jamesonii

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bahia(SF Bay Area)

A shot of this Pincushion type Protea in bloom further up the same side yard slope from the Aloe cameronii below it. This species has reflexed flowers that change shape as they age, and can also come in a soft yellow color. The foliage of this shrub is much smaller and softer than the more common L. cordifolium cultivars that are usually seen, and gets to be about 6 to 8 feet tall by across, and blooms for several months in late spring here in the SF Bay Area.

Here is a link that might be useful: Leucospermum reflexum in bloom

    Bookmark   May 20, 2011 at 1:12PM
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Aloe cammeronii is one of-If you only could have one Aloe..IT could be one of the one of's-lol. The one in the photo is treated too well,the ones at UC Berkeley in full southern exposure,fast drainage and kept drier..are a beautiful reddish-purple foliage. Stunners.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2011 at 2:01PM
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bahia(SF Bay Area)

My mistake in identifying the Aloe in the pboto, this one is actually Aloe camperi, which has even more beautiful flowers, but the foliage stays green with lots of white spots. The Aloe cameronii up at UCBBG get virtually no water at all to give them that foliage color.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2013 at 11:42AM
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