Aeonium lindleyi subsp. viscatum (Bolle) Bañares
Aeonium lindleyi var. viscatum, Aeonium viscatum, Sempervivum tortuosum var. viscatum, Sempervivum viscatum
Aeonium lindleyi subsp. viscatum, also known as Aeonium viscatum, is a succulent plant with green leaves densely covered with extremely short multicellular hairs. The foliage may look slightly chaotic when young, but it can have a beautifully compact form as it matures. Flowers are yellow, star-shaped, and appear in late spring to early summer.
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. In summer, they may go dormant 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.
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 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.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Aeonium.
This subspecies is native to Canary Islands (La Gomera).
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