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Aeonium saundersii - Gomera Dwarf Aeonium

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Crassulaceae (Stonecrops)
Origin: Canary Islands (Atlantic Ocean)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Spring
Height: <1 foot
Width: <1 foot
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Aeonium saundersii - A small sub-shrub under 1 foot with small rosettes not much more than 1 inch wide on well branched delicate stems. The rosettes have 10 to 15 rounded succulent green leaves that have hairs and a hint of red along the margins showing from the hairy red underside; the leaves are pleasantly scented when crushed. In mid spring appear the single lemon yellow flowers, nearly as large as a rosette, followed by the leaves darkening and curling inwards to ball up like a fist to conserve moisture for summer dormancy - a very odd plant indeed. Plant in coastal sun or shaded or morning sun in a well-drained soil and irrigated occasionally to more infrequently in summer. Seems to tolerate summer watering and does not go as dormant with some irrigation but can also tolerate summer drought as a dormant plant. We have seen information indicating that this plant is hardy to 20 F. Likely best as an interesting potted specimen, hanging basket or planted in a pocket in a rock wall. This plant grows naturally on steep slopes, sometimes north facing, on the Island of Gomera in the Canary Islands. We received this plant from John Bleck. Another common name for this plant fittingly is Martian Heads  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 saundersii.