Aeonium sedifolium is a small succulent plant that, in contrast to most larger flat, has a delicate branches, not to exceed six inches (15 cm) in height and a broad belt with small half inch (1.2 cm) rounded and long, rounded sticky, lime-green leaves, streaked with red streaks radiate up into the rosette. The bright, yellow stellar flowers appear in Spring.

Scientific Name

Aeonium sedifolium (Webb ex Bolle) Pit. & Proust.

Common Name

Dwarf Aeonium


Aichryson sedifolium, Greenovia sedifolia

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae

Subfamily: Sedoideae

Tribe: Sedeae

Subtribe: Sedinae

Genus: Aeonium

Aeonium sedifolium

How To Grow Aeonium sedifolium (Dwarf Aeonium)

It does not really like hot or dry weather for aeoniums. They sleep in summer and need no water unless you are very dry. Their leaves curl in extreme heat, to avoid overwhelming water loss. They grow with a humid shade and grow, but their true winter to spring growth season is when temperatures are cool and damp (65–75˚F  / 18–24˚C) . Water when the ground dried up in the winter. Test your finger in an inch or two into the soil. Too many moistures will cause root rot or allow them to sit in wet soil.

Aeoniums can also cause problems for the types of insects that typically plague succulent plants. Watch out for mealybugs and aphids that are usually covered in rosette folds. You may not know that you have a problem with these bugs until they appear and collect the honeydew they produce. These two pests are more problematic for floral plants. Plants kept in containers are more vulnerable than plants planted in well selected outdoor environments to infestation. Aeoniums may also be preyed on by slugs in the outside, as well as problems caused by aphids, mealybugs and mammals.

Manually remove the slugs and remove them from the battered plant with natural repellents, including diatomaceous earth and/or crushed egg shells. Herbivorous mammals may attract plants in the garden. Rabbits, squirrels, deers and cattle are all delighted to eat them. Birds can eat savory, succulent leaves as well. This is particularly true during drought periods, as water is stored in the leaves. It is impossible to stress sufficiently the need to avoid watering. Every plant that is too watered is plagued and rotten.

Aeonium sedifolium

How To Care For Aeonium sedifolium (Dwarf Aeonium)

Your plant takes little or no water during the semi-dormant summer months. Don’t completely permit it to dry out. If the leaves curl in very hot, dry weather, don’t be alarmed. This adaptation is evolutionary and helps the plant conserve water. Test the soil from time to time during winter with your fingertip. Water generously allows excess water to drain out if the top inch of soil is dry. Wait for the next watering until the ground is dry again. Remember that in all succulents excess water causes root rot.  

Your focus should be on the creation of an ideal environment for these plants. If the plants are happy, very little care is needed. They do well when left in a balanced outdoor setting to their own devices. Do not despair if your bottom of the Aeonium leaves drop and fall off. This is normal. As new leaves grow upwards, old leaves fall down from underneath. Don’t be too alarmed, even if the plant loses all its leaves in the summer. Because of the heat, it might have just slept. Just put it on its own. When the weather cools, it probably will rebuild.

Aeonium sedifolium