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Aeonium sedifolium (Dwarf Aeonium)

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Scientific Name

Aeonium sedifolium (Webb ex Bolle) Pit. & Proust.

Common Names

Dwarf Aeonium

Synonyms

Aichryson sedifolium, Greenovia sedifolia

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Aeonium sedifolium is a small succulent plant with delicate branching stems, up to 6 inches (15 cm) tall and wide, bearing small rosettes of up to 0.5 inch (1.3 cm) long, rounded, sticky, lime-green leaves. They are streaked with red stripes that radiate upward in the rosette, unlike most of the larger flat topped Aeoniums. In spring appear the bright yellow, star-shaped flowers.

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone  10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °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.

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

Origin

Aeonium sedifolium is native to Canary Islands.

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