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PlantFiles: Aeonium
Aeonium castello-paivae

Family: Crassulaceae (krass-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aeonium (ee-OH-nee-um) (Info)
Species: castello-paivae (kas-TEL-oh PAY-vee) (Info)

2 members have or want this plant for trade.

Cactus and Succulents

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

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
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Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
This plant is monocarpic
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Seed Collecting:
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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive bepah On Nov 10, 2012, bepah from Brentwood, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

I think the difference in this species from the A. hawarthii is the I see small soft serrations on the leaf edges that I do not see on the hawarthii.....also the amount of air rooting on this plant is tremendous.

Positive albleroy On Sep 23, 2004, albleroy from Wavre/ greenhous +/- 2500 species, IA wrote:

as you can see on the pict. insitus, the plant does not resemble at the plant in culture. On the island of La Gomera (Canary Islands) the plant is considered as a local endemic, what meens she only grows on this island and nowherels on the world. She is growing in rock-cracks without any substrat. In general the leaves have a red shiny colour du to sun exposion.

Positive palmbob On Jul 17, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

smaller, clustering and branching species with skinny stems about 1/4" in diameter and small (2" about diameter) rosettes of blue-green, stiff, pointed leaves sometimes tinged with hint of pink along the edges. Makes a nice clump of plants- almost a ground-cover effect. Not sure exactly how this 'species' differs from Aeonium hawarthii... may be a cultivar of it. Sure looks similar, and this 'species' is not to be found anywhere on the internet save a few rare spots... could be a Huntington invention? or so rare that the super-common plant you can get at any Target is really something else?

But if this is that plant (seems not to match any other species well) then it is a very common landscaping plant. The cold snap of 2007 in southern California, that melted most other Aeoniums, hardly affected this species at all- very cold hardy for an Aeonium. Easy to grow from cuttings (as most are) though the woodier stems of this plant make it even easier- less apt to snap off or get bruised/damaged when shoving the cutting into the soil.


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

Brentwood, California
San Leandro, California

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