Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Aeonium arboreum 'Zwartkop' in the Fairfield gardens

Aeoniums are winter flowering succulent plants which are native to Madeira, The Canary Islands, Morocco and East Africa. This Zwartkop cultivar is also known by the common name 'Black Rose'. They look spectacular whether flowering or not. I've taken several cuttings from these plants in Fairfield with the hope of growing them in Macedon. Although they are not supposed to tolerate frost the cuttings have survived through the cold of winter in Macedon so hopefully they will work. Unfortunately they take a few years of development before flowering but it will be well worth the wait if they do. I love the shape of the clusters of flowers (like a small yellow Christmas tree).

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