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Aeonium 'Zwartkin'


Scientific Name

Aeonium 'Zwartkin'


Aeonium 'Zwartkind', Aeonium 'Zwartkint', Aeonium 'Zwartzkin'

Scientific Classification

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


Aeonium 'Zwartkin' is a beautiful dark-leaved succulent that forms flat, disc-like rosettes of dark burgundy leaves. The newest emerging leaves are green. It is a sibling of Aeonium 'Garnet' and Aeonium 'Jack Catlin'.

Aeonium 'Zwartkin'

Photo by Roma Macasaet


USDA hardiness zones 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.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Aeonium.


Aeonium 'Zwartkin' is a hybrid between Aeonium tabuliforme and Aeonium arboreum 'Zwartkop', created by Jack Catlin.


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