Aeonium 'Pseudotabuliforme' (Green Platters) - A low growing plant with flattened rosettes to 6 to 10 inches wide with rounded glossy green leaves tightly held in a rosette on a 1-to-2-foot branching stem. This hybrid seems to flower infrequently but when it does it has yellow flowers rising up on a pyramidal inflorescence in spring.
Plant in a well-drained soil in coastal sun to full or part shade with occasional irrigation - fairly drought tolerant in a shady garden. Cold hardy to the 25 °F. This is a very attractive low growing Aeonium that can be kept neat and attractive by cutting out taller stems that are easily re-rooted. It is a fairly uncommon plant in cultivation but that should change as it makes an excellent groundcover, focal specimen or container plant.
The parentage and origin is unknown for this hybrid but it has been in cultivation for many years in the USA. It is sometimes listed by the invalid name Aeonium undulatum ssp. pseudotabuliforme or as in Rudolph Schulz's Aeonium in Habitat and Cultivation, published in 2007, as a hybrid between Aeonium canariense and Aeonium arboreum, but this appears to only be speculation as the origin of the plant remains unknown. Its name implies some relationship to Aeonium tabuliforme but the only similarities to it are its smooth leaves that are flat in the rosette but it is not flat to the ground like Aeonium tabuliforme.
The name Aeonium 'Pseudotabuliforme' was first published to describe this plant in 1977 in an article in the Cactus and Succulent Society of America Journal titled "Cactus and Succulents for the Amateur" written by the legendary succulent collectors Robert Foster and Charlie Glass. In this article they note: "Aeonium 'pseudo-tabulaeforme' is a commonly cultivated aeonium about which little seems to be known. It is presumably a hybrid of A. tabulaeforme but unlike that solitary plant it forms low, shrubby, compact bushes through lateral branching." The listing on the International Crassulaceae Network website notes that: "The parentage of this hybrid is unknown. The name suggests that it is a hybrid with A. tabuliforme, but this is most unlikely. That it is a hybrid of A. arboreum var. holochrysum x A. canariense is not very convincing either - the latter is a species with velvety leaves, the hybrid however has shining glabrous rosettes". We have been selling this plant since 2016 from plants that came from the Huntington Botanical Gardens with their accession number HBG29673.
Information about Aeonium 'Pseudotabuliforme' 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.