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Aeonium aureum (Green Rose Buds)

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Scientific Name

Aeonium aureum (C. Sm. ex Hornem.) T. Mes

Common Names

Green Rose Buds

Synonyms

Sempervivum aureum (basionym), Greenovia aurea, Greenovia ferrea, Greenovia polypharmica, Greenovia rupifraga

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Sedoideae
Tribe: Sedeae 
Subtribe: Sedinae
Genus: Aeonium

Description

Aeonium aureum is an attractive, succulent perennial that forms clumps up to 16 inches (40 cm) in diameter. The pale apple-green, simple leaves are in rosettes that are up to 10 inches (25 cm) in diameter. The leaves flush out in winter and close up in tight rounded balls in the summer months. It is monocarpic plant with the central plants, maturing in 3 to 4 years before sending up a stiff erect inflorescence of bright yellow flowers.

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Aeoniums do not like really hot or dry weather. They may go dormant in summer and do not require any water, except in very dry conditions. In extreme heat, their leaves will curl, to prevent excessive water loss. Growing them in moist shade will keep them growing, but their true growth season is winter to spring, when temperatures are cool (65 to 75 ˚F  / 18 to 24 ˚C) and damp. In the winter, water whenever the soil has dried out. Test by poking your finger down into the soil an inch or two. Too much moisture or allowing them to sit in wet soil will cause root rot. A sandy loam or regular potting mix is better than a mix specifically for cacti and succulents, since Aeonium need some moisture.

If you are growing them in containers, repot every 2 to 3 years with fresh potting soil… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Aeonium

Origin

Native to the Canary Islands.

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