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Black rose

Aeonium arboreum  'Zwartkop'

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The “flowers” of black rose. are actually rosettes of burgundy-black leaves at the ends of stalklike stems. In winter, bright yellow flowers contrast with the dark foliage. ‘Zwartkop’ is a wonderful backdrop plant that can show off many companion plants to maximum advantage. -Jeff Moore, Regional Picks: Southwest, Fine Gardening issue #120

Noteworthy CharacteristicsThis winter-blooming succulent has rosettes of blackish leaves that resemble flowers. 

CareProvide full sun and well-drained soil.

PropagationTake cuttings in early summer.

ProblemsAphids, mealybugs.

  • Genus : Aeonium
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 10, 11, 9
  • Foliage Color : Black, Purple/Burgundy
  • Plant Type : Cacti and Succulents
  • Tolerance : Drought Tolerant
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Bloom Time : Winter
  • Flower Color : Yellow
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