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PlantFiles: Dinner Plate Aeonium
Aeonium tabuliforme

Family: Crassulaceae (krass-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aeonium (ee-OH-nee-um) (Info)
Species: tabuliforme (tab-yoo-LEE-form-ee) (Info)

Synonym:Sempervivum tabulaeforme
Synonym:Sempervivum ciliatum
Synonym:Sempervivum complanatum
Synonym:Aeonium berthelotianum
Synonym:Sempervivum berthelotianum

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Cactus and Succulents

under 6 in. (15 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
This plant is monocarpic

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From leaf cuttings
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

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1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive palmbob On Sep 22, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Nice looking nearly stemless compeletely flat plant with a fuzz on the leaves. THis is a tougher plant for me and rots easily, unlike most of the other Aeonium species. Commonly used in pots in arrangements or by itself here in So Cal.

Negative Crasulady2 On Apr 17, 2004, Crasulady2 from Valley Village, CA wrote:

This is not an Sempervivum, at one time they may have been classified as such. Aeoniums are from the Carnary Island , we grow them in pots putting a rock behind the head of this plant so it will tip up and won't get water on the top. We do not water much in the summer months, and do keep it in partial shade. I do have the crested from, the pictures do not show it crested. It is in cultivation all over the world, where ever hobbest ive. Watch the snails they love this plant. Jack Catlin (Huntington Gardens) Hybrids uses this species as the pollen parent. He is strill trying to have a pure black maroon Aeonium tabuliforme
during his life time.

Neutral Lavanda On Jun 28, 2003, Lavanda from Mcallen, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

This plant is also commonly called saucer plant. It is a sempervivum and a native of the Canary Islands.

Positive albleroy On Feb 2, 2003, albleroy from Wavre/ greenhous +/- 2500 species, IA wrote:

Rosettes usuali single but as you can see on photo occ. ofsetting (dichot) Has to be kept like in nature (vertical) on the rockwalls. Dosn't like to have water on the rosette.Leaves very dense forming a roset with diam upto 45cm. Leaves more or less spathulate, the margins with long cilia. Flowering stems erect, upto 50cm long, arising from the middle of the rosette. Plant dying after flowering.
Grows on Tenerife on several places : Teno, Taganana, San Juan, Bajamar, usualy facing the N or N.W. facing cliffs.

Indeed Crasulady 2 the Aeonium does not belong to the Sempervivum but to the Crassulaceae. It is a fact they belonged in the beginning of the 1900 (1946) to the Semperv. See An account of the Sempervivum group by L.R. Praeger. Till now it is still the best documentation you can find. If someone know a more recent book on the genus Aeonium, Monanthes, Greenovia and Aichryson, that they let me know so that I can try to obtain it here in Belgium. I know there are a lot of new speciesn var. and formas so I will need new documentation to keep me informed on this genusses.

Crasulady, your friend who tries to hybridisate the tabuliforme with any other specie to obtain a black (marron) tabu, did he allready tryed with a dark A. holochrysum?? or a wel disigned A. ciliatum or rubroliniatum?? If he should be interested I can send him young plants from Tenerife. I am twice a year on Tenerife (april, may and the month of october). I am making a flora inventory for account of the local Government, you see.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Phoenix, Arizona
Brentwood, California
Clayton, California
Moss Beach, California
Richmond, California
Valley Village, California
Brooksville, Florida
Puyallup, Washington
Quilcene, Washington

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