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Products > Aeonium arboreum 'Electra'
Aeonium arboreum 'Electra' - Purple Pinwheel Aeonium
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Crassulaceae (Stonecrops)
Origin: Canary Islands (Atlantic Ocean)
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Summer
Synonyms: [A. 'Pinwheel']
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Aeonium arboreum 'Electra' (Purple Pinwheel Aeonium) - A striking dark-purple succulent which forms branched stems to 2 feet tall with very uniform full rosettes to 6 inches across with many dark purple leaves at the stem tips that are paler on their backsides and green when first emerging, giving the plant a two toned effect. It grows in full sun near the coast and partial shade inland. Water occasionally to infrequently. Hardy to 27 degrees F. Like Aeonium arboreum this plant should do well near the coast, tolerate drought and be resistant to deer predation. This cultivar is unique in that it holds more leaves in the rosettes than Aeonium arboreum 'Atropurpureum' and 'Zwartkop' with leaves shorter than 'Zwartkop' and green when emerging (a bit like the larger Cyclops), giving the rosette heads a very full pinwheel look. Also unique about this plant is that its inflorescence of yellow flowers emerges from below and within the rosette and arching outwards instead of being terminal and erect. This makes the plant less showy in bloom but, most importantly, the rosette does not die back after flowering. We first saw this beautiful plant at Robin Stockwell's Succulent Garden's nursery where it was listed as 'Pinwheel', which tends to be a common name for many of this type of Aeonium. Robin has since decided to name it 'Electra' after his daughter.  The information presented on this page is based on research that we have conducted about this plant in our library and from reliable online sources. We also consider observations we have made of it growing in the nursery's garden and in other gardens we have visited, as well how it performs in our nursery crops out in the field. We will incorporate comments that we receive from others as well and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they have knowledge of cultural information that would aid others in growing Aeonium arboreum 'Electra'.