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Aeonium 'Plum Purdy' (Plum Purdy Aeonium)


Scientific Name

Aeonium 'Plum Purdy'

Common Names

Plum Purdy Aeonium

Scientific Classification

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


Aeonium 'Plum Purdy' is a succulent shrub, up to 3 feet (90 cm) tall, with stunning rosettes of glossy, spathulate leaves with fine ciliate margins. The rosettes grow up to 10 inches (25 cm) in diameter. Leaves emerge green and quickly darken to a beautiful plum color, so the center is often greener than the surrounding plum color. They are up to 5 inches (12.5 cm) long. Flowers are bright yellow, in a tight capitate inflorescence, and rise just above the foliage in spring.


USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °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.

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.


Aeonium 'Plum Purdy' is a hybrid between Aeonium arboreum 'Zwartkop' and Aeonium canariense, created by Jack Catlin.


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