San Marcos GrowersSan Marcos Growers
New User?
Wholesale Login
Enter Password
Home Products Purchase Gardens About Us Resources Contact Us
Search Utilities
Plant Database
Search by Plant Name
Advanced Search
Search by size, origins,
color, cultural needs, etc.
Website Search
Search for any word
Site Map
Retail Locator
Plant Listings



 Weather Station

Products > Aeonium saundersii
Aeonium saundersii - Gomera Dwarf Aeonium

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)
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 about this plant in the San Marcos Growers library, from online sources, and from observations made of the crops growing in our nursery, plants in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens where we may have observed it. We also have incorporated comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Aeonium saundersii.