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Aeonium decorum - Green Pinwheel
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Crassulaceae (Stonecrops)
Origin: Canary Islands (Atlantic Ocean)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Pink
Bloomtime: Summer
Height: 1 foot
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 30-32 F
Aeonium decorum (Green Pinwheel) - Evergreen, multi-branching succulent shrub that forms a 1 to 2 foot tall by several feet wide dense mound composed of 3-inch-wide rosettes clustered tightly on thick branches with leaves a mid-green color that are slightly glossy and occasionally tinged red on the margins. In late spring the inflorescence rises above the foliage and lies over diagonally, bearing soft pink flowers.

Prefers a sunny area in well-drained soil. Water occasionally to very little in coastal gardens. Is cold hardy to around 28 F or a bit less for short durations dips below freezing. This small shrub like plant is great as a container plant or in the succulent garden or mixed with other mediterranean climate plants and as with other Aeonium, it gives an "other-world" effect, especially when planted in groups.

Aeonium decorum is widespread on the island of Gomera in the Canary islands where it can be found from sea level to over 2,500 feet. The name Aeonium comes for Greek word 'aionion' or 'aionios' meaning immortal or everlasting for its succulent nature and presumed longevity and the specific epithet is from the Latin word 'decorus' meaning "graceful" or "noble". We have long had this plant in our collection, and it weathered our 3 nights at 25 F in the January 2007 freeze. This form is a bit taller growing with smaller rosettes of a richer green color and lacking a red midstripe compared to another form of this species that we grow called Aeonium decorum 'Berry Nice'. We received Aeonium decorum in 2005 from Santa Barbara succulent grower Diane Dunhill. 

This information about Aeonium decorum displayed on this web page is based on research we have conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations we have made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens visited, as well how our crops have performed in containers in the nursery field. Where appropriate, we will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share cultural information that would aid others in growing this plant.