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Name: Barbara LATHAM
Taree, N.S.W. Australia
babslatham
Apr 20, 2017 8:35 PM CST
This plant was in the garden here on the Mid-North coast of New South Wales Australia (town of Taree);when we moved here a year ago. There is also a Frangipani and I thought the main stems of both were similar. The flower does not grow flat on the soil, it is on a slender stem which is growing off the main stem at a right angle. The flower is now 25 cms. in diameter. Can anyone identify this plant and care of it? Thanks in anticipation, Babs Latham.
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Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Baja_Costero
Apr 20, 2017 9:16 PM CST
Aeonium. Winter grower, summer dormant (more or less). Likes good drainage, regular water when the soil is going dry (but don't leave it sitting bone dry for too long). The plant will change color and form depending on the season, exposure, and water. The flower is terminal (the rosette that flowers will die, but other rosettes will live on). Flowers are yellow or white? More images here.

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Name: Barbara LATHAM
Taree, N.S.W. Australia
babslatham
Apr 23, 2017 6:53 PM CST
Thank you for your prompt reply and for the answer to my question. I have looked at the photos on the database and think my flowers is most similar to Aeonium Mardi Gras. The centre rosette of my flower is bright green, the leaves are a dull green and each leaf has a purplish/brown edge. Can it be propogated and if so, how? Babslatham
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Apr 23, 2017 7:08 PM CST
Hello Barbara, you can cut the rosette off, and the remaining stem may grow several new rosettes. It controls the height of the plant, otherwise it can grow tall and leggy. Then you can replant that rosette after making it callus, and you have another plant. I do my cut during late Fall or late winter/early Spring, while temps are still cool.

Here is how they look like when new growth grows under the cut off point. Sometimes, if the stem is too long I chop further down, callus them and stick several of them to well draining media.

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Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Baja_Costero
Apr 23, 2017 8:25 PM CST
Barbara, your plant is not Mardi Gras, which is variegated. I do not see any variegation on your plant. It can be hard to pin down Aeoniums for a precise ID because they vary so much and there are so many hybrids out there.

The ideal place to cut a rosette for propagation is right in the middle, vertically speaking, so that you leave half of it on the plant and take half of it to root as a cutting. This is normally best done in the fall or winter. Avoid propagating Aeoniums in the late spring or summer (their sleepy time). To root a cutting just pot it up with 1cm or less of stem (more is not better, less is not worse) in a pot with normal soil. By leaving intact healthy leaves on the stump of the mother plant, you ensure the highest likelihood that she will branch heavily.
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DaisyI
Apr 23, 2017 8:42 PM CST
It looks like plain old ordinary Aeonium to me. Nothing special... Sighing!
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Name: Barbara LATHAM
Taree, N.S.W. Australia
babslatham
Apr 27, 2017 9:03 PM CST
Baja_Costero said:Aeonium. Winter grower, summer dormant (more or less). Likes good drainage, regular water when the soil is going dry (but don't leave it sitting bone dry for too long). The plant will change color and form depending on the season, exposure, and water. The flower is terminal (the rosette that flowers will die, but other rosettes will live on). Flowers are yellow or white? More images here.

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