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Aeonium 'Velour'

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Scientific Name

Aeonium 'Velour'

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Aeonium 'Velour' is an attractive, rosette-forming succulent, up to 2 feet (60 cm) tall, with a branching habit and deep chocolate to purple foliage contrasted against a bright green center. It has a lovely soft texture to its leaves, hence its name. The flowers are yellow and appear on tall stems in summer.

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

Aeonium 'Velour'

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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 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.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Aeonium.

Origin

Aeonium 'Velour' is the result of a 1976 cross of Aeonium canariense and Aeonium arboreum 'Zwartkop'. It is a sibling of Aeonium 'Blushing Beauty'.

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