Friday, 31 March 2017

Waiting A Decade For A Flower!

Aeonium arboreum 'Schwarzkopf'

The gardening team have been treated to a rare flowering spectacle in the greenhouse which has only just finished today. One of the collection of the succulent Aeonium arboreum 'Schwarzkopf' has been in flower since the beginning of the year, but it was at the start of December last year that the plant started to elongate one of its black rosettes to form the yellow flower panicle at the tip. As the flower faded the stem that once held this impressive bloom started to die back and has now been cut off. These plants have been part of the summer display for the last ten years but, due to their lack of frost hardiness, are kept in the heated greenhouse over the winter, October-May, only to be returned to the outdoors in June for five months, let's hope that the team don't have to wait for a decade for the next flower to appear! 

Impressive Yellow Panicle


  1. Fantastic. Well done lads
    I have seen this lovely plant flower in the Blandy Gardens on Madeira

    1. Hi Roger. It was a complete surprise to us when the rosette started to elongate and produced a flower, hope we don't have to wait too long for the next one to come along! Regards Ali