Aloe camperi

Abyssinian aloe
Gorgeous late spring flowers are three feet tall, beginning salmon orange and then opening yellow. Deep green clumping rosettes make dense colonies, which are quite striking when in bloom.
Aloe camperi
height 2–3ft
width 10–15ft
tolerates Drought, Heat, Wind
Low – Moderate
Aloes thrive on neglect, making them one of the easiest garden plants for California. They are drought-tolerant, and most will not need additional water once established in your garden. This aloe will be plump with vibrant green leaves during their growth season. It’s natural for these same plants to show stress during their dry season, often turning shades of red, orange or brown, giving added seasonal interest to the succulent garden. During this time the leaves will curl in on themselves, and often shrivel up and shed from the base. If you prefer a lush look, watering once dry will keep them plump. Avoid overhead watering in the crown; when water collects there, it may lead to crown rot.
exposure Part Shade – Full Sun
drainage In Ground: Cactus Mix, In Pots: Cactus Mix, Tolerates Sandy Soil
fertilizing All Purpose 1/2 Strength, Low Needs
origin Ethiopia

Sunset Zones Map

Outdoor Exposure Guide


Full Sun
Six or more hours of sun beams directly landing on the plant's leaves.

Part Shade
Three to five hours of sun beams directly landing on the plant's leaves.

Part Sun
One to two hours of sun beams directly landing on the plants leaves.

Full Shade
The plant is never fully lit by sun beams, but is in a bright spot or has dappled sunbeams playing over the leaves throughout the day.

Deep Shade
The plant never has dappled light on the leaves, and is in a place that feels dim, even on a nice sunny day.


Growing Notes

Once the flower stalks are completely bloomed out and dry, they will come out with a light tug, or can be pruned off low in the crown.

Special Interest

Hummingbirds love aloes, many of which are pollinated by birds in their native habitat.

Puts on a big late-spring show as clumps expand over time.

Cut side rosettes to root for new plants. Just let them dry for a week and then plant in well-drained soil.