Aeonium Species, 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:Aeonium berthelotianum
Synonym:Aeonium macrolepum
Synonym:Aeonium umbelliforme
Synonym:Sempervivum tabuliforme


Cactus and Succulents

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade



Foliage Color:



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

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers



Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

This plant is monocarpic

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Phoenix, Arizona

Brentwood, California

Clayton, California

Escondido, California

Moss Beach, California

Richmond, California


Brooksville, Florida

Puyallup, Washington

Quilcene, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 8, 2016, Slinky_dragon from gillingham,
United Kingdom wrote:

A beautiful plant that ive seen growing in situ. Grows on bare lava and in pretty much any orientation!


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.


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.


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.


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 docume... read more