Aeonium Flowers

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When an aeonium elongates into bloom, you know the rosette is toast. But the flowers are spectacular. It’s a life lesson: Enjoy the moment. Beauty is fleeting. This is Aeonium ‘Zwartkop’.

15 Aeonium 'Cyclops'

Fortunately, not all the rosettes on the plant bloom at once.


Aeonium 'Sunburst'

Aeonium ‘Sunburst’ flowers are white, like the stripes on the leaves.


It’s pretty cool when a plant that looks like a flower also produces them. This is Aeonium ‘Kiwi’.



Look at the spiral on this one!


Depending on the variety of aeonium, the flowers can be conical or frothy. Which is your favorite?

My goal is to share the beauty of waterwise, easy-care succulents in gardens, containers and landscapes via blog postsnewsletterspublic speaking and workshopsphotosvideosmerchandise, and social media (Facebook and Pinterest). My books: Designing with Succulents, Succulent Container Gardensand Succulents Simplified. 

Debra Lee Baldwin
Award-winning garden photojournalist Debra Lee Baldwin authored Designing with Succulents, Succulent Container Gardens, and Succulents Simplified, all Timber Press bestsellers. Her goal is to enhance others' enjoyment and awareness of waterwise plants and gardens by showcasing the beauty and design potential of succulents via books, articles, newsletters, photos, videos, social media and more. Debra and husband Jeff live in the foothills north of San Diego. She grew up in Southern California on an avocado ranch, speaks conversational Spanish, and at age 18 graduated magna cum laude from USIU with a degree in English Literature. Her hobbies include thrifting, birding and watercolor painting. Debra's YouTube channel has had over 3,000,000 views.
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Andrea April 6, 2013, 7:22 am

OMG, they are spectacular, i haven’t seen them flower. I wonder if they need cold temperatures for induction. That conical yellow is my favorite, very beautiful.

Jessica April 6, 2013, 8:39 am

They are both so spectacular it is hard to choose, but I favor wispy frothy flowers and their delicacy

Mary Brady April 6, 2013, 9:48 am

Enjoyed the pictures. Aeonium have similar caricaturists, being both succulents. We grow sempervivums here in N. E Ohio and are hardy as long as the soil is very well drained or sandy. The flowers on sempervivums aren’t as showy, and in our experience predominately pink or rose.

Carol Russell April 6, 2013, 11:53 am

Thanks for the wonderful pictures and the education. One year I left the flowers on the dark swartkop and some of the flowers matured into little plantlets! Plants are amazing.

Candy Suter April 6, 2013, 3:20 pm

Great post honey! Wow the photos are super duper! I love Aeonium flowers. And to see the white Sunburst is really cool. First time for me.

sandy April 6, 2013, 7:06 pm

I must know the name of the one with the yellow flowers that twirl around. Love it!!

karen April 8, 2013, 6:57 am

I LOVE the white flowers of Aeonium ‘Sunburst’. Actually I love EVERY part of that variety!

This has been a good reminder I need to pick up an Aeonium or two. Hard to believe I’ve never grown them before!

Great pics and post

Lisa-St. Marys ON April 8, 2013, 8:32 am

The conical spirals are very cool. But for actually in my garden I like froth. Lots and lots of froth!

Cathy April 8, 2013, 2:48 pm

These wonderful photos bring back many old memories in me. When I was a little girl of 6-7 years, my family lived in Ohio. One of my friend’s father was an amateur but efficient gardener, and he had made a beutiful garden comprised mainly of those kiwi aeoniums. He carefully made the the place look pretty wild-ish yet ordered, somehow. We would play for hours in those bushes, bet on which one of the bushes will bloom most thickly – and end up not being able to measure. And we would pour water drop by drop in the flower-ish leaf formation, and watch the drops filter through…

Oh, those were the days!

Cassidy April 8, 2013, 4:58 pm

Aeonium ‘Zwartkop’ is one of my favorites. All of these are beautiful though!

Flor Unikon April 9, 2013, 10:05 am

Thanks for the post. Really stunning and beautiful pictures. look forward to more.

Kirby Bradshore April 11, 2013, 4:43 am

They are all so beautiful!!! My favorite would be the Aeonium ‘Kiwi’, it has the perfect combination of colors, not too bright and not too light. Just perfect for the season of spring. Thanks for sharing! Great photography, as well. 🙂

Debra Lee Baldwin April 19, 2013, 12:09 am

Thank you all for commenting! Sounds like Aeonium ‘Kiwi” is a favorite, as is Aeonium ‘Zwartkop’. I’m surprised it’s possible to grow aeoniums in Ohio. In a greenhouse, right? Aeoniums won’t tolerate temps much above 85 degrees F or below freezing. — Debra

Cathy April 19, 2013, 2:29 am

@Debra: yes, Mr. Hollis’s garden comprised of two parts – some open soil of about, er, a hundred sq. meters and a greenhouse nearly as big as his house itself! He was fond of warm-climate plants, he was. He also had these bonsai plants, you know, a rage then. Outside, he mostly grew seasonal fruits, and a big patch of kentucky bluegrass which he fed to the compost box for enough green matter (an idea I’ve adopted myself).

I’ve heard he died last June. Sad. We all quite liked him – he was such a charming little fellow, and he had also prepared herbal potions for the neighborhood – they must have worked well, since as far as I remember, nobody ever said anything bad about him (except Mrs. Hollis).

Troy April 19, 2013, 3:49 pm

Wow- not sure I’ve ever seen these before but they look great!

Ginelle June 5, 2015, 12:43 pm

do the aeonium sunburst die after bloom as well? is this standard with all aeoniums?

Clive April 18, 2017, 10:59 am

The Aeonium ‘Sunburst’ flowers are my absolute favourites 🙂

Pam July 12, 2017, 11:13 pm


about 20 of my huge, inherited aeoniums are all suddenly going to tight rosettes, a sign that they’ll all flower. I don’t know when they were planted – they’re green and some are bronze, They’re about 10-12 inches across. I am devastated that i’ll loose them all after they flower!

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