Botanical name: Aeonium spp. Family: Crassulaceae (orpine family)
Aeonium is a succulent plant which branches from near the base, forming clumps with a shape like a branched, ornamental candlestand having several sockets for candles. It has rosettes of leaves on a stable stems. Yellow, star-shaped flowers appear on larger plants, contrasting with the dark leaves. They are borne in conical clusters at the end of one or more stems. After flowering, these stems will die, but new branches will replaced them. Aeonium is a genus of about 35 species of succulent, subtropical plants of the family Crassulaceae. Aeoniums are native to the Canary Islands, but some are also found at Madeira, in Morocco and in eastern Africa (for example in the Semien Mountains of Ethiopia) Low-growing Aeonium species are A. tabuliforme and A. smithii; large species include A. arboreum, A. valverdense and A. holochrysum. They are related to the genera Sempervivum, Greenovia, Aichryson and Monanthes, which is easy to see from their similar flowers.
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