Aeonium ‘Plum Purdy’
Plum Purdy Aeonium
Aeonium ‘Plum Purdy’ is a small, branching, succulent shrub, up to 3 feet (90 cm) tall, with wonderful rosettes. The rosettes are up to 10 inches (25 cm) in diameter and full with many, up to 5 inches (12.5 cm) long, glossy, spathulate leaves with fine ciliate margins. The leaves emerge green and quickly darken to a beautiful plum color so the center is often greener than the surrounding plum color. The 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 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.
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