Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Tiptoe Through The Tulips: Aeonium davidbramwellii

The larger aeoniums in the yard were harder to identify, for some reason. I'm starting to think that most of the time that's because it's a hybrid. Here's one of the mature rosettes in the yard:

While this one is on a 2-foot-tall stem, many of them in the yard stay at ground level. It has also been blooming in some of the plants, and that's been a treat. While there is no smell, here is a close-up of one of the flowers (they are quite small):

Even though I didn't completely settle into a species, I picked davidbramwellii (anyone think that might have been named after the guy who first classified them??), mostly because as the leaves age, the edges turn reddish, which seems to be a distiguishing characteristic of this one.

This plant, unlike other succulents, does like extra water. Without it, some of the bottom leaves start to die, so it gives you a signal that it's ready for water. As an idiot gardener, I'm all for a plant with a big, flashing, WATER ME! sign.

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