Aeonium dodrantale is a beautiful, evergreen, perennial succulent up to 6 cm tall. It grows as stemless rosettes, up to 6 cm in wide, freely offsetting to form clumps. The rosettes are cup- or urn-shaped with leaves densely packed. They are tightly closed during the dry season. The leaves are roundish, blue-green with the waxy surface, up to 3.5 cm long and up to 1.5 cm wide. The flowers are yellow and appear in spring. Aeonium dodrantale also is known as Greenovia dodrantalis.
Scientific Name: Aeonium dodrantale (Willd.) T.H.M.Mes
Common Names: Mountain Rose
Synonyms: Sempervivum dodrantale (basionym), Greenovia dodrantalis, Greenovia gracilis, Sempervivum gracile
How to grow and maintain Aeonium dodrantale:
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 65ºF – 75ºF / 18ºC – 24ºC and no lower than 50ºF / 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.