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Aeonium aureum - Green Rose Buds

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Crassulaceae (Stonecrops)
Origin: Canary Islands (Atlantic Ocean)
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Spring
Synonyms: [Greenovia aurea]
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
A large offsetting form of a usually solitary species that forms clumps to 16 inches in diameter with 3 to 50 rosettes that are 4 to 10 inches wide but large individuals can reach 14 inches if not offsetting. The pale apple-green leaves flush out in winter and close up in tight rounded balls in a summer dormancy. This plant is monocarpic with the central plants maturing in 3 to 4 years before sending up a stiff erect inflorescence of bright yellow flowers followed by a seed set. The seed on this species are held in hard woody fruits that are typical of the Aeonium that were previously known as Greenovia which also have flowers with twice the petal count. Plant in cool coastal gardens in full sun or in shade (likely requires shade inland) in a well-drained soil and allow to be dormant in summer, only watering lightly if at all until fall once the leaves close up. This Aeonium tolerates lower light than any other and is a great plant for a wall garden or container. The species is found on many islands in the Canary Island chain including Tenerife, Gran Canaria, La Palma, Hierro and Gomera. It is primarily a plant of the mist zones at lower elevations near the coast but also within the pine and laurel forests. It is often found on vertical cliffs or on flat rocks in lichen fields. Our plants from seed provided by Rudolf Schultz from a giant off-setting form from a Lava flow at 3,280 ft near Isora on El Hierro. The plant is called Green Rose Buds for the look of the rosettes when dormant. It is also called Canary Golden Mountain Rose.  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 visited. We have also incorporated comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing  Aeonium aureum.