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Aeonium 'Plum Purdy' - Plum Purdy Aeonium

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 with fine ciliate margins. The leaves emerge green and quickly darken to a beautiful plum color so the center is often greener than the surrounding plum color. 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 canariensis. The plant was first grown at the introduced by the Huntington Botanic Garden (Accession HBG 75124) and introducted 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.  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have observed it in. We also will incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that might aid others in growing Aeonium 'Plum Purdy'.