The Main Plant entry for Aeoniums (Aeonium)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Flowers: Showy
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Provides winter interest
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Drought tolerant


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  • Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Apr 9, 2016 11:49 AM concerning plant:
    Rosette succulents, mostly from the Canary Islands, which may grow a considerable stem before flowering and dying (any branches which do not flower will live on). One species (simsii) flowers laterally instead of terminally. Inflorescences tend to have many flowers, usually yellow or white, packed into a cone shape. They attract bees, ants, and a variety of sucking bugs which can be a source of contagion in the container garden (like other flowering members of the succulent Crassulaceae).

    Most Aeoniums follow an annual cycle of growth and dormancy related to the climate of the Canary Islands, which is characterized by winter rainfall and summer drought. They respond poorly to extreme heat but can tolerate extended drought as part of their cycle. They naturalize quite easily in a mild Mediterranean climate like that of coastal Southern California, and may self-seed in the garden.

    These plants show a tremendous degree of variation in appearance depending on the season and growth conditions, and can be quite difficult to identify for that reason. They also hybridize freely. Many of the plants in gardens are cultivars (eg. Zwartkop, Sunburst) or hybrids (eg. Blushing Beauty, Cyclops), rather than species.

    Recommended reading:

    Rudolf Schulz, Aeonium in Habitat & Cultivation
    Joël Lodé, Succulent Plants of the Canary Islands
Discussion Threads about this plant
Thread Title Last Reply Replies
ID question by Baja_Costero Apr 3, 2016 1:11 AM 1
ID question by Baja_Costero Mar 23, 2017 12:16 PM 2
Seasonal variation in Aeoniums by Baja_Costero Nov 4, 2017 2:23 PM 1
ID question by Baja_Costero Mar 5, 2018 11:50 AM 1
Winter comparison by Baja_Costero Feb 5, 2020 5:37 PM 0
ID question by Baja_Costero Feb 25, 2020 7:00 PM 0
Two different looking plants in entry by Calif_Sue Dec 2, 2021 2:05 PM 3
Not Aeonium Gomerense by Aeonium2003 Mar 27, 2022 4:20 PM 1
Tabuliforme x zwartkop by Aeonium2003 Mar 30, 2022 11:55 AM 0
Tabuliforme x zwartkop by Aeonium2003 Mar 30, 2022 7:10 PM 1
Tabuliforme x zwartkop by Aeonium2003 Mar 30, 2022 12:49 PM 1
Tabuliforme Hybrid by Aeonium2003 Mar 31, 2022 9:55 AM 1
Tabuliforme Hybrid by Aeonium2003 Mar 30, 2022 9:45 PM 0
Not Spathulatum by Aeonium2003 Mar 31, 2022 12:09 PM 1
Not tabuliforme by Aeonium2003 Apr 14, 2022 9:20 PM 1
Not cyclops by Aeonium2003 May 11, 2022 12:12 PM 3
ID question by Baja_Costero Jun 4, 2022 10:22 AM 0

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