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AEONIUM tabuliforme

Image of Aeonium tabuliforme

Family

Crassulaceae

Botanical Name

AEONIUM tabuliforme

Plant Common Name

Aeonium, Saucer Plant

General Description

Imagine a plant that looks like it was squashed to the ground as if stepped on by an elephant. That's saucer plant. This strange low-growing tender perennial forms a flat, rounded rosette of succulent foliage. It is native to the coastal cliffs of Tenerife in the Canary Islands and is well-adapted to salt spray and high winds. Each rosette survives as a biennial or short-lived perennial, reproducing by seed or small pups that sprout from the base of the mother plant.

Spoon-shaped, bright green leaves comprise with hairy edges for, the flat, broad rosettes of this succulent. Mature specimens may grow as broad as large dinner plates. In spring, mature rosettes produce singular flower stalks from their centers. At each leafy stalk's top is a loose cluster of numerous tiny, starry flowers. The blossoms may be yellow-green, pale yellow or white, depending on the plant. After blooming and dropping seeds that rosette will wither and die.

Grow saucer plant in fast-draining, porous soil and partial sun. In the wild, it grows on cliffs that face away from direct sunlight. Protect it from frost as well as intense hot sun rays that may scald the leaves, especially in arid climates. In frost-free outdoor landscapes, this succulent grows almost year round, becoming semi-dormant in the hottest part of summer. Keep the soil slightly moist during the warmest months and drier during the cooler times of year. Avoid getting water on the leaves or exposing it to high humidity. Plant it as a houseplant in a warm, bright room or outdoors as a low-growing specimen plant in a shady rockery.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Cactus or Succulent

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    3"-5" / 7.6cm - 12.7cm

  • Width

    6"-20" / 15.2cm - 50.8cm

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring

  • Native To

    Canary Islands

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Rosette/Stemless

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Light Yellow, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Light Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Houseplant, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No