Aeonium castello paivae variegata

Synonyms:

Aeonium gomeraeum

Habitat:

Aeonium castello paivae is native of Canary islands. It comes specifically from La Gomera, the second smallest of the seven main islands in the Canary Islands where it grows in the mist zone from 200 to 1000 meters in elevation.

Description:

Aeonium castello paivae is a succulent evergreen plant of the family Crassulaceae growing mainly in Canary island in the green form. Actually, the one cultivated for ornamental uses is Aeonium castello paivae cv. variegata, that is a cultivar with beautiful green splashed yellow leaves, sometimes with a hint of pink. As the other species in the genus Aeonium, A. castello paivae forms rosettes up to 10 cm in diameter, each one standing on a 25-30 cm tall stem. Flowering occurs in late spring, when the plant shows little white flowers grown on a leafy 17 centimeters long inflorescence.

Cultivation:

The colour arrangement of the leaves of Aeonium castello paivae is not static. The hints of pink actually appear when the plant is cultivated under direct light, even if the rosettes are larger when grown in partial shade. The minimum survival temperature of Aeonium castello paivae is about -1ºC, but it’s better to cultivate it in climates of about 10 ºC as the average temperature. So you should keep it indoor during the winter unless you live in a tropical climate country.  It needs little watering, being a drought-tolerant species. Put it in a well-draining substrate.

Propagation:

Propagation of Aeonium castello-paivae is done by cutting or seed.

Curiosity:

Official Web Site:
www.giromagi.com

Italian Blog:
www.giromagicactus.com

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