Green Pinwheel – Aeonium decorum


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Aeonium decorum is a densely branched, evergreen, perennial shrub up to 60 cm tall, with up to 7cm wide rosettes, clustered on thick branches. The leaves are obovate to lanceolate, pale green, up to 5 cm long and 1.5 cm wide, with orange-red tones and red leaf margins. The inflorescence rises above the foliage, bearing small soft pink flowers.

It thrives best in full sunlight to part sunlight in a sheltered spot, but the bright light enhances the rich hues of the darker Aeoniums.

It grows well in humus-rich, moist but well-drained, any good potting mix soil.

It prefers ideal temperatures of 18ºC – 24ºC and no lower than 10ºC.

Water moderately but consistently during the growing season, Keep the soil moist but not soggy. Allow the top one inch of soil to dry out between waterings. During the winter reduce watering to a minimum.

Fertilize your plant once every 2 weeks during the active growth period with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted by half. Do not feed while dormant.

It can be easily propagated by seed or by stem cuttings. Sow seed at 19-24ºC in spring. Take cuttings of rosettes in the spring and kept at 18ºC and barely moist until rooted.

Pests and Diseases:
It has no serious pest or disease problems. Slugs can do some damage and the occasional bird may take a bite.