Aeonium 'Short Black'
According to Rudolf Schulz, this succulent is a mutation of Aeonium arboreum 'Zwartkop'.
Aeonium 'Short Black' is a beautiful succulent subshrub that forms rosettes of deep purple to almost black leaves at the end of the branches. It branches profusely and grows up to 12 inches (30 cm) tall, not as tall as Aeonium arboreum 'Zwartkop', but has a much better compact habit. Its leaves are usually greenish during the winter but develop dark colors during the summer.
In spring, yellow, star-shaped flowers appear in large conical clusters on upright stalks. The flower stalk emerges from the center of the rosette, which dies after flowering.
How to Grow and Care for Aeonium 'Short Black'
Light: Aeonium 'Short Black' 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 soil mix for succulents, sandy loam or regular potting mix amended with perlite is better for this plant because it requires some more moisture.
Temperature: It does not like hot or dry weather and may go dormant in summer. Aeonium 'Short Black' 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: In spring and fall, water thoroughly, then allow the soil to dry out before watering again. Water more sparingly in winter. This plant requires more water than most succulents, but too much moisture will lead to root rot. Stop watering during its dormancy in summer except in arid conditions.
Fertilizing: Feed only during the growing season with a half-strength balanced fertilizer once a month.
Repotting: If growing Aeonium 'Short Black' in a container, repot it with fresh potting soil every two to three years. Choose a container with drainage holes to avoid standing water and root rot.
Propagation: You can propagate this plant easily by taking cuttings in 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 'Short Black'
Aeonium 'Short Black' is non-toxic to humans and animals.
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