Aeonium (Tree houseleek)



Aeonium (Tree houseleek) is a genus of about 35 species of subtropical, succulent plants of the family Crassulaceae, native to the Canary Islands. Some species originated from Morocco, Cape Verde Islands, Madeira and southern Mediterranean countries. Their name comes from the Greek aioon meaning persevering or eternal. Aeonium develop rosettes at the end of their fleshy stems. The lower part of their stem are often bare as old leaves drop off. They bear green to golden yellow flowers. The flower stalk rises from the center of the rosettes.

Aeonium prefers a sunny spot in the garden. It must be kept cool in winter. The plant must be kept at 10°C in winter. If the temperature gets any warmer, the plant will become limp or leggy. In the dormant season, give only enough water to prevent the root from drying out. The cooler the temperature, the less water it requires. From March or April, you can resume normal watering.

Repot Aeonium in spring. Use nutritius, porous compost. Use shoot or leaf cutting to dry out before planting them.

Aeonium undulatumAeonium undulatum
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Aeonium nobileAeonium nobile
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Aeonium labuliformeAeonium labuliforme
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