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Products > Aeonium canariensis var. virgineum
 
Aeonium canariensis var. virgineum - Virgin Ravine Aeonium
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Crassulaceae (Stonecrops)
Origin: Canary Islands (Atlantic Ocean)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Spring
Synonyms: [Aeonium virgineum]
Height: <1 foot
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Aeonium canariensis var. virgineum A clustering succulent plant to 1 foot tall that has many 6 to 8 in wide slightly open rosettes with spathulate slightly fuzzy pale green leaves take on pink hues near the leaf tips when grown in full sun. A bit shy to flower but occasionally yellow flowers rise up atop an inflorescent a foot or so above the foliage in spring. Plant in full sun to light shade in a well-drained soil and water occasionally. Hardy to at least 25F - this plant survived the cold winter of 2007 with 3 nights at 25F without damage. Though uncommon this is a good garden plant as it forms clusters of rosettes so when one rosette flowers, others quickly fill the void after the flowering one withers away. In nature this plant is restricted to the arid northern side of the island of Gran Canaria, growing from sea level to over 1600 feet on exposed rocky and poorly vegetated sites or under shrubs and trees. The name Aeonium comes for Greek word 'aionion' or 'aionios' meaning immortal or everlasting for its succulent nature and presumed longevity. The specific epithet is in reference to the occurrence of this plant in the Barranco de la Virgen (Virgin's Ravine) which is noted to be contain a relic laurel forest such a what once covered the entire interior of the island of Gran Canaria. It came to us in 2001 from Stockton succulent collector Alice Waidhofer.  This description is based on our research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery and our own landscape plantings and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments we receive from others and appreciate receiving feedback of any kind from those who have additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Aeonium canariensis var. virgineum
 
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