Aeonium balsamiferum

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Synonyms:

No synonyms are found for this species name.

Habitat:

Aeonium balsamiferum is an endemic species of Canary Islands, especially of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. Endemic means that the species develops only in a specific location, which in this case are the Canary islands. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species classify this species as “Vulnerable”.

Description:

Aeonium balsamiferum is a shrub of several rosettes of sticky, bright green leaves. Each rosette has a diameter of more or less 20 centimeters and grows on a wooden stem. This stems form groups which give to the plant the aspect of a bush. The flowers are yellow.

Cultivation:

Aeonium Balsamiferum is a tropical plant and doesn’t tolerate low temperatures. Its minimum average temperature is 10ºC. Indeed, it can survive until -2ºC for short periods. Its tolerance to sun exposure is good: in cooler climates, put it under direct sun. In hotter climates, during summer, it will need a partial shade.
This plant needs a good drainage of the substrate, even if it can tolerate humidity during winter. Water it moderately.

Propagation:

Aeonium balsamiferum can be propagated by cuttings or seeds.

Curiosity:

The species attribute “Balsamiferum” refers to the plant’s leaves smell of balsam, or balm.The species name in Spanish in the Canary Islands is called “bejeque farrobo”, the name may be of Guanche or Moorish origin, the probable transliteration in Guanche may be as “beheke farobo”.

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