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Aeonium sedifolium (Dwarf Aeonium)


Scientific Name

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

Common Names

Dwarf Aeonium


Aichryson sedifolium, Greenovia sedifolia

Scientific Classification

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


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


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 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 sedifolium is native to the Canary Islands.



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