Aeonium goochiae Webb & Berthel.
Aldasorea goochiae, Sempervivum goochiae, Sempervivum tortuosum var. goochiae
Aeonium goochiae is a small, densely branched succulent shrub that forms flattish rosettes of pale green to yellowish green, sometimes reddish leaves at the end of the branches. It grows up to 16 inches (40 cm) tall. Rosettes are up to 4.8 inches (12 cm) in diameter. Leaves are thick, fleshy, and covered with short soft hair. They are elliptic or circular, apically rounded or acute, up to 2 inches (5 cm) long, and up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) wide. Flowers are star-shaped, 7- to 8-merous, up to 0.6 inches (1.5 cm) across, very pale yellow or whitish, median part often pinkish, and appear in loose branching flat-topped clusters in mid-spring.
Aeonium goochiae is native to the Canary Islands. It grows in cliff faces and rocky outcrops in the northern parts of La Palma island at elevations from 330 to 2,300 feet (100 to 700 m).
The specific epithet "goochiae (GEW-chee-ay) honors Mrs. Gooch, the maiden name of the mother of Philip Barker Webb (1793-1854), an English botanist and collector of plants throughout Mediterranean Europe, Madeira, and the Canary Islands.
USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Aeoniums do not like hot or dry weather. Therefore, 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 Aeoniums need some moisture. If you grow them in containers, repot them with fresh potting soil every 2 to 3 years.
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.
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