Aeonium 'Lily Pad'
Aeonium 'Lily Pad' is a perennial succulent up to 12 inches (30 cm) tall. It forms spreading colonies of semi-flattened, flower-like rosettes up to 6 inches (15 cm) in diameter. The leaves are very thick, waxy and bright green in color. It offsets multiple plants from the base of their lower leaves. A stalk of yellow flowers emerges from each mature rosette.
USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
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Aeoniums do not like really hot or dry weather. They may go dormant in summer and do not require any water, except in very dry conditions. In extreme heat, their leaves will curl, to prevent excessive water loss. Growing them in moist shade will keep them growing, but their true growth season is winter to spring, when temperatures are cool, 65 to 75 °F (18 to 24 °C), and damp. In the winter, water whenever the soil has dried out. Test by poking your finger down into the soil an inch or 2 (2.5 to 5 cm). Too much moisture or allowing them to sit in wet soil will cause root rot.
A sandy loam or regular potting mix is better than a mix specifically for cacti and succulents, since Aeonium need some moisture. If you are growing them in containers, repot every 2 to 3 years with fresh potting soil.
Feed during the growing season with a half strength balanced fertilizer, every month or so. Do not feed while dormant.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Aeonium.
Aeonium 'Lily Pad' is possibly a cross between Aichryson tortuosum var. bethencourtianum, formerly known as Aeonium bethencourtianum, and Aeonium lindleyi.
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Most aeoniums are native to the Canary Islands. Their fleshy leaves are held in rosettes at branch tips. After several years, rosettes produce a single large flower stalk in spring or summer branches that have flowered die. These cool-season growers go dormant in summer to save water. During dormancy, they may appear sick and lose leavesbut when the weather cools and the plants get water, they perk up and regrow leaves.