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Aeonium simsii - Sims Aeonium
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Crassulaceae (Stonecrops)
Origin: Canary Islands (Atlantic Ocean)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Spring
Synonyms: [Sempervivum simsii]
Height: <1 foot
Width: <1 foot
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Aeonium simsii (Sims Aeonium) - A dense low growing and well branched succulent that stays under 1 foot tall with a dense mat of 8 inch wide rosettes of bright green strap shaped leaves that have pointed tips. The lower leaf surfaces are decorated by short dark green longitudinal dashes and the upper by a central marron line down the middle with fine nearly translucent white hairs along the margins. In late spring the showy bright yellow flowers are held in nearly flat topped clusters rising 6 to 12 inches above the leaves on a stout reddish stalk. This is a nice groundcover succulent with attractive foliage and showy flowers that draws bees and butterflies to the garden. It is useful as a groundcover on hillsides, in tight spaces between rocks or in a large pot. Plant in full coastal sun with some protection inland in a well drained soil and irrigate occasionally to infrequently. This is one the hardier of the Aeoniums and can tolerate moderate frosts and short duration temperatures down into the low 20s F. Aeonium simsii grows naturally in rocky sites at an elevation of about 5,000 feet on Gran Canaria, the largest island of Canary Island archipelago. The name Aeonium comes for Greek word 'aionion' or 'aionios' meaning immortal or everlasting for its succulent nature and presumed longevity. With its dense ground hugging habit it is often commented that this plant more resembles the sempervivums rather than the typically larger forms of Aeonium that rise up on stems and in fact this plant was first described in 1818 by Robert Sweet as Sempervivum simsii but moved to the genus Aeonium in 1951. The specific epithet honors the British doctor and botanist Dr. John Sims (1749-1831).  The information about Aeonium simsii displayed on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources we consider reliable. We will also relate those observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments we receive from others and welcome hearing from anyone who has additional information, particularly when they share cultural information that would aid others in growing it.