This succulent is supposed to be a sport of Aeonium 'Velour'.
Aeonium 'Medusa' is a stunning succulent that forms offsetting rosettes of variegated spoon-shaped leaves with soft pointed tips and slightly ciliate margins. It grows up to 18 inches (45 cm) tall, up to 16 inches (40 cm) wide, and offsets freely at an early age, quickly forming an attractive clump. The colors of the leaves change depending on the season and the amount of sun exposure, from creamy with a green central band to intense red with a deep burgundy to almost black central band. Flowering has not been observed to date.
The hybrid name refers to Medusa, one of the three monstrous Gorgons in Greek mythology generally described as winged human females with living venomous snakes in place of hair.
How to Grow and Care for Aeonium 'Medusa'
Light: A. 'Medusa' grows best in full sun to partial shade. Indoors, give it bright indirect light as much as possible. A leggy, stretched plant is a sign of not getting enough light.
Soil: While most succulents do well when planted in a potting mix specifically formulated for succulents, sandy loam or regular potting mix amended with perlite is better for A. 'Medusa' because it requires some more moisture.
Temperature: This succulent does not like hot or dry weather and may go dormant in summer. It prefers temperatures between 65 and 75 °F (18 and 24 °C). A. 'Medusa' can withstand temperatures as low as 30 °F (-1.1 °C). USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 10a to 11b, 30 to 50 °F (-1.1 to 10 °C).
Watering: A. 'Medusa' requires more water than most succulents, but too much moisture will lead to root rot. In spring and fall, water the plant thoroughly, then allow the soil to dry out before watering again. Water more sparingly in winter. The plant does not need to be watered during its dormancy in summer except in arid conditions.
Fertilizing: Feed your plant during the growing season with a half-strength balanced fertilizer once a month. Do not feed A. 'Medusa' when it is dormant in the summer months.
Repotting: If you are growing A. 'Medusa' in a container, repot every two to three years with fresh potting soil. Choose a container with drainage holes to avoid standing water and root rot.
Propagation: This succulent is very easy to propagate from cuttings. The best time to take cuttings is spring. Allow the cut end to dry for several days before placing it in the soil.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Aeonium.
Toxicity of Aeonium 'Medusa'
A. 'Medusa' is non-toxic to humans and animals.
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