- Type Succulent
- Lifespan Perennial or biennial
- USDA Zones 9-11
- Light 6 hours of sun
- Water Well-drained soil
- Where to Plant Rock gardens
- Design Tip Velvety rosettes
- Companions Acacia 'Cousin Itt'
- Peak Season Spring flowers
Aeonium: A Field Guide
Aeonium is a loner in the wild, typically growing in isolation on rocky hillsides. In landscape design, however, the succulent’s rosette shape is useful both as a single accent in a garden bed or when clustered, to complement other textures and colors of nearby foliage.
Aeoniums also are happy companions when interplanted with other succulents or annuals in a container. Among the nearly three dozen species, some of the most dramatic are A. arboreum, with panicles of vibrant yellow flowers, and three-foot-tall A. arboreum.
Take note: Aeonium is unlike most succulents because it is a winter grower and frequently will go dormant in the heat of summer.