Thursday, April 9, 2009

Aeonium 'Zwartkopf'

Few plants add as much drama in the garden without blooming as aeonium . Especially 'Zwartkopf" with its deep maroon almost black foliage.
It is not just interesting, it is also problem free and ridiculously easy to propagate. I have it all over in both of my gardens and they all came from a single plant that I bought years ago.
They will get leggy, but some people prefer the architectural form of tall ones with stems showing. I prefer them short and full, which is probably why I have so many of them. Whenever the stems get taller than I like, I just break them off and stick them in the ground somewhere and let the smaller ones on the bottom take over. They are also great in containers and are very drought tolerant. They need full sun to maintain the dark color.


Becca's Dirt said...

That is a fine looking plant - and new to me. I like the short stout plants too. Happy Easter.

cindee said...

Those are cool! I wonder if they would grow up here? I have to do a little research(-:

Stephanie said...

What a beauty! Hmm... maybe I should go get one.I hope it will grow well here. Very interesting colour... deep maroon.

joey said...

Very dramatic companion plant ... I like it!