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Aeonium dodrantale (Greenovia dodrantalis)


Scientific Name

Aeonium dodrantale (Willd.) T.H.M.Mes

Common Names

Mountain Rose


Sempervivum dodrantale (basionym), Greenovia dodrantalis, Greenovia gracilis, Sempervivum gracile

Scientific Classification

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


Aeonium dodrantale, also known as Greenovia dodrantalis, is an evergreen, perennial succulent up to 2.4 inches (6 cm) tall. It grows as stemless rosettes, up to 2.4 inches (6 cm) in diameter, freely offsetting to form clumps. The rosettes are cup- or urn-shaped with leaves densely packed. They are tightly closed during the dry season. The leaves are roundish, blue-green with waxy surface, up to 1.4 inches (3.5 cm) long and up to 0.6 inch (1.5 cm) wide. The flowers are yellow and appear in spring.

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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 2 (2.5 to 5 cm). 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.

Feed during the growing season with a half strength balanced fertilizer, every month or so. Do not feed while dormant.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Aeonium.


Aeonium dodrantale is native to Canary Islands.


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