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Aeonium decorum - Green Pinwheel

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 little. 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.  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have observed it in. We also will incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that might aid others in growing Aeonium decorum.