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deliciously coloured leaves

Yum yum – sounds delicious, and looks just as nice.

I love this little Aeonium, it’s so forgiving of my terrible plant growing methods. I underwater it, sometimes neglecting it for weeks, and it forgives me and simply grows even more.

During the winter the leaves go plain green, and as soon as the weather warms up and it gets more light, the gorgeous sunset colours come out.

I’m never sure if they are caused by light levels, length of the light, or warmth.

Whatever it is, I love it, and hope I can keep this great little plant happy and thriving.

Every year I simply cut the tops off to plant in a really thick and lush planter, where I use other Aeonium such as Schwartzkopf for it’s height, several tender Sedum to trail over the edge and take on the role of filler, and some other tender succulents. The thicker the planting, the better.

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there is something wrong with my plant

Drought Smart Plants reply:

From what I can see, this is a perfectly healthy specimen of Aeonium haworthia ‘Kiwi’ – this change in colouration is a normal reaction to the fluctuations in light levels from winter to summer.

I’ve had some that are plain old green all winter, but during the summer when the weather is warm and there is a lot longer daylight, they change magically into lovely banana, mango and lime colours.

If you’re still worried that there is something wrong with your plant, I’ll need more information! Post again on the Ask the Horticulturist page.

Happy Succulent Growing!

See more about this interesting plant here:


Growing at the Pixie Restaurant

Three Succulent Cuttings

Two in One Pot

Comments for pink yellow and green rosettes

Oct 16, 2011

by: Jacki

Hi Mum,
If you can post some really good close up pictures on a new thread at the Ask the Horticulturist page, and describe what’s happening, I’ll try and figure out what’s wrong. Sorry, I didn’t know from your description that there was an issue.

See you over there!

Oct 16, 2011

by: Mum

it’s not the first photo it’s the other ones it looks like some kind of dieback.

waxy rosettes

by Beverly Curry
(Banning, Ca.)

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The plant is about 4 inches high. Puts me in mind of an echeveria, although the rosettes are on stems as opposed to being stemless.

Drought Smart Plants reply:
Hi Beverly, these are indeed related to Echeveria (distantly) – the Aeonium are native to Tenerife, and the Canary Islands, which have a very similar climate to California, so it’s no surprise that they love living in Banning!

This one is Aeonium haworthia ‘Kiwi’, and watching it change from plain old green in the winter to all kinds of lovely pastel shades of lemon, banana and peach for the summer.

For care, they prefer warm and bright conditions, but I feel they like a little more shade from intensely bright afternoon sun.

They have a characteristic of going dormant through the really hot months, so don’t be surprised if they stop growing through July and August, to pick up again as it cools off.

This seems to be related to hot night temperatures, and has evolved to protect them in the times of the year that might be otherwise really challenging.

They are really easy to care for, and if you want more, simply remove the top rosettes and re-root them, and more rosettes will emerge from the stems.

They can in time get a little gangly and long, so a haircut periodically can keep them looking great.

Kiwi doesn’t seem too interested in blooming, which is a good thing – the rosette that blooms will then die, as these plants are ‘monocarpic’ or once blooming.

Enjoy your lovely plant!

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A small center stalk supporting slightly serrated leaves and “flowers”.

by Cara V
(Ceres, CA, USA)

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A view from directly above.

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a 4″ succulent with a small center stalk which supports broad, slightly serrated leaves that are just a tiny bit rust colored around the edges. This plant also has what looks like pale yellow, pink-edged flowers. Each “flower” has five(5) larger outer leaves, three(3) smaller inner leaves, and a very tight cluster of three(3) plus teeny-tiny center leaves.

Drought Smart Plants reply: oh, you’ve got one of my favorite little plants – this is Aeonium haworthia ‘Kiwi’ and it’s one of the finest of all the Aeonium, in my opinion. It’s low growing, and very easy to take care of, as long as it gets bright light but not scorching sun.

As with all Aeonium, it tends to want to go dormant if the summer is really hot, and comes back into growth later on as the nights cool down. Interestingly, the leaves will tend to revert back to all green during the winter, and only change back to their lovely peach, mango and green as weather warms in the springtime.

These plants are native to the Canary Islands and Tenerife, so they are evolved to withstand very warm temperatures and sunny weather.

See more about your little plant here: Aeonium.

Happy Succulent Growing!

Growing at the “Pixie” Restaurant in Aptos CA

by Judy
(Aptos, California, USA)

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Yellow/Green Succulent Aptos, Ca

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Unusual for it’s yellow color.
Small, beautiful. Growing right near the ocean.

Thanks, I love it, and am soooooo tempted to take a cutting. I hope you can help me name it, so I can find it to purchase.

Drought Smart Plants reply:
Hi Judy – that is intensely yellow! Some clones of common succulents have more or less colouration depending on growing conditions.

This is Aeonium haworthia ‘Kiwi’ which will show different amounts of variegation under different conditions; here in the winter under low light conditions, the whole plant goes green, only to change into that lovely pink and gold variegation as the weather warms up.

Check the Aeonium page and compare your plant to the pictures there – you’ll see it’s the same.

i have two in one pot, and they’re growing very well

by Lisa
(San Francisco, CA)

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Both hearty and healthy seemingly.
One of them is starting to sprout thin white string-type growths off the leaves underneath. I’m wondering what types these are, and what the growths might be?

Drought Smart Plants reply:

Hi Lisa, what you have (you lucky thing!) is Aeonium haworthia ‘Kiwi’, one of my favorite plants of all time. You can see a picture on this page Growing at the Pixie Restaurant and more about it here: 3 Succulent Cuttings. For more on how to care for it see the page on Aeonium.

As for the white string like growths, could they be aerial roots? Without a picture I dare not tell you for sure, but that’s most likely what they are.

Happy Growing!