Aeonium ‘Schwarzkopf’

Succulent black rose

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This spectacular branching succulent bears dramatic rosettes of dark aubergine coloured glossy foliage with lime green centres. This is a fantastic plant for a sunny container display or bedded out in the summer and brought indoors to a conservatory or South facing window for winter.

Origin: Madeira, Canary Islands, North Africa
Genus: Aeonium
Species / Cultivar: 'Schwarzkopf'
Common Name: Succulent black rose
Synonym: Aeonium ‘Zwartkop’

Plant Biography

This spectacular branching succulent bears dramatic rosettes of dark aubergine coloured glossy foliage with lime green centres. This is a fantastic plant for a sunny container display or bedded out in the summer and brought indoors to a conservatory or South facing window for winter.

Aeonium are native to Madeira, the Canary Islands and North Africa, where their fleshy water-storing leaves give excellent protection against hot sun and long periods of drought. ‘Schwarzkopf’ is probably the most famous cultivar, but its parentage seems uncertain: probably a hybrid Aeonium arboreum or Aeonium manriqueorum.

Aeonium 'Schwarzkopf'
Light: Direct
This plant likes as much sun as possible. Best placed in direct sunlight in a bright window.
Soil: Cacti and Succulent Mix
Enjoys a drier soil with a high ratio of drainage material.
Temperature: Down to -4 for short spells if kept dry°C
Temperature range at which this plant is healthiest and grows best.
Growth Rate: Slow
Expect to see quite small amounts of growth over the years.
Final Size: Medium
Final size will be suitable for a table, plant stand, or large strong shelf.
Water Requirement: Minimal Watering
In summer water sparingly when soil has dried out significantly. Little to no water in winter.
Humidity: Low
Suited to fairly dry air, typically because it evolved in an arid climate.
Maintenance: A little
Easy to care for, just keep an eye on any extra environmental needs such as humidity.
Eventual Height: 0.6m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 0.6m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Half Hardy
Will need protection from frosts in order to survive winter, eg. with fleece jacket.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

In very sheltered sunny gardens this can grow outdoors all year if protected from frost – in fact coastal gardens of the South West often have Aeonium in abundance. However for most of us this is a plant better kept or brought into a conservatory or sunny indoor spot once the warmer months are over.

They are an easy plant if given full sun and excellent drainage. Like most succulents, the only important note is to take care to let the dry out sufficiently between watering, and cut back on water all together when temperatures drop.

Expert Tip

Aeonium are extremely easy to propagate from cuttings, so if a rosette breaks off simply insert it into gritty soil and you will have another plant!