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Aichryson tortuosum var. bethencourtianum


Scientific Name

Aichryson tortuosum var. bethencourtianum (Bolle) Bañares & S.Scholz


Aichryson bethencourtianum (basionym), Aichryson tortuosum subsp. bethencourtianum, Aeonium bethencourtianum, Macrobia bethencourtiana, Sempervivum bethencourtianum

Scientific Classification

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


Aichryson tortuosum var. bethencourtianum, also known as Aichryson bethencourtianum, is a densely branched, succulent perennial up to 8 inches (20 cm) tall. It has many up to 0.8 inch (2 cm) long, hairy leaves on short stems. The flowers are star-shaped, golden yellow and born single or arranged in small groups.

Aichryson tortuosum var. bethencourtianum aka Aichryson bethencourtianum

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USDA hardiness zone 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Aichrysons grow as understory plants in the endemic laurel and pine forests of the Canary Islands and prefer to grow in slightly shaded moist soil with plenty of humus. They tolerate a cool, frost-free winter kept fairly dry. Some species are annuals or biennials, but the shrubby perennials also need to be re-started from cuttings on a regular basis to be at their best. Many species produce volunteer seedlings around themselves after flowering.

This succulents are very tolerant of mixed conditions and will tolerate considerable shade as well as full sun. Given the right conditions these plants will provide an incredible show of yellow flowers. Grow these plants hard with very little fertilizer because they can flower them selves to death. Aichrysons have a very structural trunk and make excellent bonsai subjects.

In winter they require a rather sunny spot inside at moderate, cool temperatures. If they become too large, plants can be cut back. Cuttings will easily root within few days. These ornamental dwarf plants are excellent pot plants and will thrive in any partially shaded spot at cool temperatures, e.g. on a window sill.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Aichryson.


Aichryson tortuosum var. bethencourtianum is native to Canary Islands.

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