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

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Aeonium haworthii 'Dream Color', also know as Aeonium 'Kiwi', is a beautiful showy succulent shrub that forms rosettes of brilliantly colored leaves. It grows up to 3 feet (90 cm) tall and about the same in width. The variegated rosettes are up to 5 inches (12.5 cm) in diameter. Leaves are fleshy, spoon-shaped, creamy-yellow in the center, gradually changing the color to soft green to the outside of the rosette, and have a thin rose-red band at the edges. Flowers are yellow, star-shaped and appear in clusters in summer.

Aeonium 'Kiwi' - Kiwi Aeonium

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 hot or dry weather. They may go dormant in summer and do not require any water, except in arid 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 an Aeonium haworthii hybrid though its origin is a mystery.

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