60210The dark bronze and variegated varieties of tree houseleek, Aeonium arboreum, are so much more popular than the simple species, that the simple species with plain green foliage is now rather rare. The succulent stems do not stand much more than three feet tall. They get about as broad, and can get even broader as lower stems develop roots and grow into new plants. The succulent rosettes of foliage of well watered plants can be fragile to handle. Mature plants can bloom in spring with unusual conical trusses of yellowish or chartreuse flowers.

14 thoughts on “Tree Houseleek

  1. And here I always thought a house leek required calling the roofer! I’d never heard of the plant, so I looked it up on the always useful Wikipedia, where I found this: “The common name “houseleek” is believed to stem from the traditional practice of growing plants on the roofs of houses to ward off fire and lightning strikes. Some Welsh people still hold the old folk belief that having it grow on the roof of the house ensures the health and prosperity of those who live there.” Interesting.

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  2. I never seem to be able to keep Aeoniums alive. I like them a lot, though. As unattractive as that may seem, I’m actually somewhat envious of those who CAN grow them. Maybe I’ll give it another shot this year… they are awfully cool!

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      1. Between my two really big common houseleeks, there is a dark bronze one that looks like ‘Schwartzkopf’ (or ‘Zwartkop’), but it is quite resilient. It’s main problem is that as it grows, someone always breaks the top off and takes it. By the time it recovers, the process is repeated.


  3. I have a green Aeonium and a bronze one too. The green one was given to me by my son in Victoria, the bronze is from my eldest daughter in Western Australia. I grow them in pots together with a purple heart plant (Tradescantia pallida) donated by my youngest daughter who lives locally. When I’m watering them I call them, collectively, The Family.

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    1. How cute. I took mine from the home of the mother of a fried when we were emptying it out after her death. It was such a cute old home in Monterey. Her family is one of the few families that had been in California longer than mine.

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