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Aeonium Genus

Tree houseleek

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General Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained

Description

Aeonium genus (Tree houseleek). These are around 35 species of perennial succulent evergreen shrubs, some of which are short lived. Most of the species grow from autumn to spring and they are semi-dormant in mid-summer. They have rosettes of bright green or blue-green, occasionally purple leaves.

The name comes from the ancient Greek word: 'aionos' which means 'ageless'.

Characteristics

Perennials, Evergreens, Succulents

Origin

Madeira, Canary Islands, N. Africa, Med.

Interest and use

Grown for their varying forms and foliage.

Cultivation

They are frost tender, min 5C and will prefer partial shade and very well drained soil.

Propagation

Propagation is by seed in summer or, for the branching species, by stem cuttings in spring or summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Greenfly, especially while flowering and mealy bugs in autumn and winter.

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