Aeonium glutinosum (Aiton) Webb & Berthel.
This species is native to Madeira Archipelago, Portugal. It occurs mainly on the island of Madeira, rarely on Porto Santo, and the Deserta Grande at elevations to 980 feet (300 m), rarely up to 5,580 feet (1,700 m).
Aeonium glutinosum is a tuft-forming or slightly shrubby succulent with smooth, sticky, decumbent or ascending branches that end in cup-shaped rosettes of pale to dull green leaves, usually with brownish stripes along the midrib and near the apex. It grows up to 24 inches (60 cm) tall. Rosettes are up to 8.8 inches (22 cm) in diameter. Leaves are thick, fleshy, spoon-shaped, acute at the apex, wedge-shaped at the base, up to 4.8 inches (12 cm) long, and up to 1.8 inches (4.5 cm) wide. The leaf margins have very few to numerous straight to curved cilia.
Flowers are star-shaped, 8- to 10-merous, about 0.6 inches (1.5 cm) in diameter, yellow with reddish lines on the undersides of the petals, and appear in a very loose cluster on a sticky, up to 10 inches (25 cm) long stalk in late winter and spring. The flower cluster is up to 16 inches (40 cm) long and 12 inches (30 cm) in diameter.
The specific epithet "glutinosum (gloo-tin-OH-sum)" means "gluey, glutinous, viscous" and refers to the sticky branches and inflorescence.
How to Grow and Care for Aeonium glutinosum
Light: A. glutinosum grows best in full sun to partial shade. Indoors, give it bright indirect light as much as possible. A leggy, stretched plant is a sign of not getting enough light.
Soil: While most succulents do well when planted in a potting mix specifically formulated for succulents, sandy loam or regular potting mix amended with perlite is better for A. glutinosum because it requires some more moisture.
Temperature: This succulent does not like hot or dry weather and may go dormant in summer. It prefers temperatures between 65 and 75 °F (18 and 24 °C). A. glutinosum can withstand temperatures as low as 30 °F (-1.1 °C). USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 10a to 11b, 30 to 50 °F (-1.1 to 10 °C).
Watering: A. glutinosum requires more water than most succulents, but too much moisture will lead to root rot. In spring and fall, water the plant thoroughly, then allow the soil to dry out before watering again. Water more sparingly in winter. The plant does not need to be watered during its dormancy in summer except in arid conditions.
Fertilizing: Feed your plant during the growing season with a half-strength balanced fertilizer once a month. Do not feed A. glutinosum when it is dormant in the summer months.
Repotting: If you are growing A. glutinosum in a container, repot every two to three years with fresh potting soil. Choose a container with drainage holes to avoid standing water and root rot.
Propagation: This succulent is very easy to propagate from cuttings. The best time to take cuttings is spring. Allow the cut end to dry for several days before placing it in the soil. It can be also propagated by seed. Sow the seeds in spring.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Aeonium.
Toxicity of Aeonium glutinosum
A. glutinosum is non-toxic to humans and animals.
Hybrids of Aeonium glutinosum
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