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Aeonium 'Plum Purdy' - Plum Purdy 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: Spring
Parentage: (Aeonium arboreum 'Zwartkop' x A. canariense)
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Aeonium 'Plum Purdy' - A branching small shrub 2 to 3 feet in height with wonderful 10-inch-wide rosettes that are full with many 5 inch long glossy spathulate leaves that have fine ciliate margins. The leaves emerge green and quickly darken to a beautiful plum color, so the center is often greener than the surrounding reddish purple outer parts. Bright yellow flowers in a tight capitate inflorescence rise just above the foliage in spring.

Plant in full sun to light shade in a well-drained soil and water occasionally. Hardy to at least 28F.

This very attractive cultivar has leaves not quite so dark but one and a half times the size of its parent 'Zwartkop'. It is another of the dark-leaved hybrids created named by the legendary Jack Catlin. It is a result of crossing Aeonium arboreum 'Zwartkop' with Aeonium canariense. It has the same parentage as its sister seedling Aeonium 'Blushing Beauty'

The plant was first grown at the introduced by the Huntington Botanic Garden (Accession HBG 75124) and introduced through the International Succulent Introduction (ISI) program as ISI 94-14. In the introduction literature it was noted that the name comes from the American colloquialism "plum purdy" which means "very pretty". Our plants from the Huntington Botanic Garden. 

This information about Aeonium 'Plum Purdy' displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.