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Aeonium saundersii - Gomera Dwarf Aeonium

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  
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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  This information is based on research conducted about this plant in our nursery library and from reliable online sources. We also take into consideration observations of it in our nursery of crops, as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens we have visited. We will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if it includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Aeonium saundersii.
 
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