Aeonium 'Lily Pad'

Scientific Name

Aeonium 'Lily Pad'

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Sedoideae
Tribe: Sedeae
Subtribe: Sedinae
Genus: Aeonium


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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How to Grow and Care

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.

Aeonium arboreum

  • Grows 3 feet tall and wide.
  • Each branch tip carries a 6- to 8 inches-wide rosette of bright green, fleshy leaves.
  • The yellow flowers appear in long clusters.
  • Atropurpureum, with magenta-and-green rosettes, is more striking and more widely grown than the species.
  • Hybrid 'Zwartkop', sometimes called black rose, has very dark purple (nearly black) rosettes up to 10 inches across it can reach 5 feet tall.

Aeonium 'Blushing Beauty

  • Forms a full, tight mound of 8 inches-wide rosettes the plant reaches 2 feet tall and wide.
  • Leaves are green with a pronounced red edge.
  • Flowers are yellow.

Aeonium 'Cyclops

  • Resembles Aeonium arboretum 'Zwartkop', but leaves are deep red rather than black, and each rosette has a green center, or eye.
  • Plants grow 45 feet tall and 34 feet wide, with an open, branching habit.

Aeonium decorum

  • Bushy, rounded, many-branched plant to 1 feet high and at least as wide.
  • Each branch ends in a 2 inches rosette.
  • Fleshy, pale green, reddish-tinted leaves have red edges.
  • A neat, compact grower with pink flowers.

Aeonium haworthii

  • Free branching and shrubby, plants reach 2 feet tall and 4 feet wide.
  • Rosettes of blue-green, red-edged leaves are 23 inches wide.
  • Cream-colored flowers.
  • Very tough, long-lasting plant that can take more cold than most.

Aeonium 'Kiwi(Aeonium decorum 'Kiwi')

  • This popular, colorful plant forms a low, tight mound to about 112 2 feet tall and 2 ft wide.
  • Leaves are tricolored light green with pale yellow variegation and bright red edges.
  • Pale yellow flowers.

Aeonium nobile

  • To 2 feet tall and nearly as wide.
  • An unbranched stem holds a rosette of thick, fleshy green leaves, often tinted reddish with maturity.
  • After several years, rosettes produce a large (to 1 feet high and wide), flat-topped cluster of red flowers on a thick, red stem.
  • The plant dies after bloom but produces many seedlings.

Aeonium 'Sunburst

  • Showy plant with 12 inches-wide rosettes of green leaves variegated in light yellow or creamy white and edged with red.
  • Usually grows 12 feet high and wide but can mound up to 4 ft high.
  • Flowers are cream colored.
  • Does not respond well to pruning.
  • Starburst is similar, but with less yellow in the leaves.

Aeonium tabuliforme

  • Unusual species with unbranched stems holds single, nearly flat rosettes just 26 inches high and 1018 inches across sometimes called 'Dinner Plate'.
  • Light green, hairy-edged leaves radiate from the center in perfect symmetry.
  • After several years, a single 1- to 2 feet-tall stalk of yellow flowers rises from the center.
  • Plants die after flowering.

Aeonium undulatum

  • Bright, apple-green leaves are wavy, forming unusual-looking rosettes 1015 inches wide.
  • Stalks are thick and up to 34 feet tall makes offsets freely.
  • Yellow flowers.

Aeonium urbicum

  • Some say this is an Aeonium undulatum hybrid.
  • Dinner plate rosettes reach 815 inches wide.
  • Long, narrow, gray-green leaves loosely arranged, have reddish edges.
  • Forms stems several feet tall, unbranched except for offsets at the base.
  • Does not respond well to pruning.
  • White or pinkish flowers.

Watch the video: Aeoniums. Lily Pad. Castello Paivae Variegado. Zwartkop

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