Aeonium ‘ Mardi Gras’ is an offsetting succulent, in combination with yellow and green varied rosettes, in the light of the bright light, or cooler, with a strong accent. It shows a color riot similar to the festival it was named for.

Scientific Name

Aeonium ‘Mardi Gras’

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae

Subfamily: Sedoideae

Tribe: Sedeae

Subtribe: Sedinae

Genus: Aeonium


How To Grow Aeonium ‘Mardi Gras’

You must pay close attention to the temperatures and the amount of sun and rain that are given in climates which prevent these plants from naturalizing. It is best to keep them in this sort of setting as container plants and move them as necessary to protect them against extreme weather conditions. They do not need much space when kept as potted plants; but when planted, it is generally advisable to spread the space so large. Since Aeonium holds water in its stems and leaves, its root systems are very shallow. You may notice new roots growing out of the stems if your plant is root bound. This means you need to repot your plant. This also indicates a need for a new and bigger pot when your plant begins to drop stems. Keep the stumbling blocks! If you put it on the surface of a good, well drained ground, the roots will sprout and new plants will grow.

If the bottom leaves of your Aeoniums begin to drop and fall off, do not despair. The old leaves fall off the bottom as new leaves grow on top. Don’t be too alarmed even if your plant loses everything it’s leaves in the summer. It might just have been sleeping because of the heat. Leave it alone. When the weather cools, it will probably recover.


How To Care For Aeonium ‘Mardi Gras’

In the semi-sleeping summer months your plant takes little or no water. Do not allow it to dry out completely. Don’t be alarmed if the leaves bend in very hot, dry weather. This adjustment is progressive and helps the plant to conserve water. Test the soil with your fingertips occasionally in winter. If the top inch of soil is dry, water can generously drain away from excess water. Wait till the ground is dry again for the next watering. Notice that excess water causes root rot in all succulents.

Overwatering is the number one problem for aeonium plants. It causes root infections and can remove and kill the plant’s oxygen. Signs on the base of the stems are sigming, yellowing, and soft spots. Stop watering till the soil is dry and when signs of overwatering occur, the plant will die. It may be necessary to cast off malicious aeoniums. Rarely serious infestations and insecticides are not necessary. Take the pests out of your garden hose, or sprinkle with water, with a cloth or cotton swab.