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Aeonium undulatum

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Characteristics

Plant type

Cactus/Succulent or Conservatory/Greenhouse

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

old H1 (requires heated greenhouse/indoors)

Colour

Flower

Yellow in Spring

Foliage

Green and Red in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

saucer plant

Family

Crassulaceae


Aeonium are evergreen succulents often of shrubby habit, with fleshy leaves in terminal rosettes on the shoots, and racemes or panicles of small, star-shaped flowers with numerous narrow petals

A. undulatum is a succulent, evergreen subshrub to 25cm in height, with terminal rosettes of fleshy, tongue-shaped, glossy leaves to 15cm in length, tinged with red. Flowers small, yellow, in large conical panicles

Synonym(s)

  • Aeonium pseudotabuliforme hort.
  • Aeonium youngianum

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow under glass in a standard cactus compost, in full light. When in growth water freely and feed every two or three weeks with a low nitrogen liquid feed. Keep almost dry in the winter

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Neutral, Alkaline or Acid
  • Loam or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown at 19-24ºC in spring or by cuttings of rosettes kept at 18ºC and barely moist until rooted

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Mediterranean Climate Plants or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be attacked by aphids and mealybugs

Diseases

Generally disease free