Aeonium lancerottense (Praeger) Praeger
Aeonium lancerottense is a densely branched succulent shrub that grows up to 2 feet (60 cm) tall and up to 3 feet (90 cm) wide. Numerous rosettes of fleshy, soft, green, smooth leaves are densely held on thick branching stems and form a rounded shrub. The rosettes are up to 6 inches (15 cm) in diameter. Flowers are pink, star-shaped, and arranged in cone-shaped clusters that rise on strong stalks up to 2 feet (60 cm) above the foliage in summer. The clusters are up to 1 foot (30 cm) in diameter at the base.
USDA hardiness zones 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. 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 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.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Aeonium.
This species is endemic to the island of Lanzarote in the Canary Islands.
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