Aeonium ‘Plum Purdy’ (Plum Purdy Aeonium) is a beautiful, small, branching, succulent shrub, up to 2 to 3 feet in height with wonderful rosettes. The rosettes are up to 25 cm in diameter and full with many, up to 5 inches long, glossy, spathulate leaves with fine ciliate margins. The leaves emerge green and quickly darken to a beautiful plum color so the center is often greener than the surrounding plum color. Bright yellow flowers in a tight capitate inflorescence and rise just above the foliage in spring.
Scientific Name: Aeonium ‘Plum Purdy’
Common Name: Plum Purdy Aeonium
How to grow and maintain Aeonium ‘Plum Purdy’ (Plum Purdy Aeonium):
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.