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Aeonium 'Mardi Gras'

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Scientific Name

Aeonium 'Mardi Gras'

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Aeonium 'Mardi Gras' is an offsetting succulent with rosettes of yellow and green variegation combined with vivid rose to rich burgundy, especially when grown in bright light or when temperatures are cooler, offering a very striking accent. It displays a riot of colors, much like the festival for which it was named.

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zones  9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

Photo via huntington.org

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.

A sandy loam or regular potting mix is better than a mix specifically for cacti and succulents, since Aeonium 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.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Aeonium.

Origin

Aeonium 'Mardi Gras' is an Altman Plants original hybrid, created by Renee O'Connell.

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