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Aeonium haworthii 'Dream Color' (Kiwi Aeonium)

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Scientific Name

Aeonium haworthii 'Dream Color'

Common Names

Kiwi Aeonium

Synonyms

Aeonium 'Kiwi', Aeonium haworthii 'Kiwi', Aeonium decorum 'Kiwi', Aeonium percarneum 'Kiwi', Aeonium haworthii 'Variegata', Aeonium haworthii 'Tricolor', Aeonium 'Verde', Aeonium 'Keweonium'

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Aeonium haworthii 'Dream Color', also know as Aeonium 'Kiwi', is a very attractive and showy plant up to 24 inches (60 cm) tall. This succulent forms rosettes of fleshy, spoon-shaped leaves that are brilliantly colored. The leaves in the center are pale yellow and progressively the leaves get greener to the outside of the rosette. The edges of the leaves are red. Yellow flowers bloom in the summer.

Photo via cact.cz

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone  9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °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.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Aeonium.

Kiwi Aeonium propagates best by vegetative methods, but they will also grow from seed. Stem cutting propagation is the simplest and most effective means. The cuttings will root any time of year, although those taken during the spring and summer months root fastest and are least likely to develop rot.

Learn more at How to Propagate Kiwi Aeonium.

Origin

Aeonium haworthii 'Dream Color' is sold on the internet mainly under the false name Aeonium 'Kiwi'. It is considered to be a Aeonium haworthii hybrid though its origin is a mystery.

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