Aeonium aureum (Green Rose Buds) - 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 nice interesting 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.
Information about Aeonium aureum displayed on this page is based on our research about it conducted in our library and gathered from reliable online sources. We include observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well as how the crops have performed in containers in our own nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others about this plant when we feel it adds information and particularly welcome hearing from anyone who has any additional cultural recommendations that would aid others in growing it.