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Aeonium arboreum 'Atropurpureum' (Black rose, Crassula, Aeonium)

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Plant description

aeonium arboreum atropurpurea houseleek schwarzkopf

aeonium arboreum atropurpurea crassula schwarzkopf 2

Aeonium arboreum 'Atropurpureum' is a branching succulent small shrub with striking dark purple to near black rosettes of foliage on the end of the branches. An easy care plant, it is rarely troubled by pests or diseases.

This plant likes a bright light to a sunny position. Hot summer sun can damage the leaves. It is shallow rooted, and most of the water storage is in the stem and leaves. This plant likes regular watering. It is a good specimen plant for pots or the garden. Fertiliser is rarely needed. It is frost tender.

Propagation by division or cuttings.

This Aeonium is monocarpic, which means that it dies after flowering. It has yellow flowers which are a brilliant contrast against the dark foliage.

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: yellow
Flowering season: not specified

Plant size

Maximum height: 1 metres
Minimum height: not specified

Maximum width: 1 metres
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Not specified.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical, tropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: moist, well-drained.

Clay: well-drained.

Sand: moist.

Soil pH: 5-8.5

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: None needed.

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