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‘Sunburst’ aeonium
‘Sunburst’ aeonium

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Zones 15-17, 20-24
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Aeonium arboreum ‘Atropurpureum’

Cacti and succulents, Perennials


Takes full sun in cooler climates only. Among the best succulents for decorative effects, in pots or in the ground. Fleshy leaves are held in rosettes at branch tips. After several years, rosettes produce a single flower stalk in spring or summer; branches that have flowered die.

With age, plants become leggy; to encourage branching, cut back branches several inches below rosettes. Cuttings are easily rooted: let dry for a few days, then plant in sandy soil and keep barely moist until new growth appears.

Aeonium arboreum
Aeonium arboreum

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Aeonium arboreum

To 3 ft. tall and wide. Each branch tip carries a 6–8-in.-wide rosette of bright green, fleshy leaves. Yellow flowers in long clusters.


With magenta-and-green rosettes, this variety is more striking and more widely grown than the species.

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