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22 September 2011

Aeonium

 
 

These succulent, ornamental and fleshy Aeonium plants thrive very well in the Mediterranean climate of Tunis, North Africa. They are quite hardy plants and relatively easy to grow and manage. They generally need to be positioned in a place which is in full sun.
 
"Aeonium is a genus of about 35 species of succulent, subtropical plants of the family Crassulaceae.  The name comes from the ancient Greek "aionos" (=immortal).
Most of them are native to the Canary Islands.  Some species are found in Madeira, Morocco and in eastern Africa (for example in the Semien Mountains of Ethiopia).  The rosette leaves are on a basal stem. Low-growing Aeonium species are A. tabuliforme and A. smithii; large species include A. arboreum, A. valverdense and A. holochrysumAeonium are not frost-resistant. They are related to the Sempervivum, Aichryson and Monanthes, which is easy to see from their similar flower and inflorescences.  Recently, the  genus Greenovia has been placed within Aeonium.
 
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