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Aeonium canariense

Giant Velvet Rose, Tree Aeonium

This large shrub-like succulent has bright green rosettes that turn red in full sun. This succulent is monocarpic, meaning it will die after it flowers. When it does bloom, watch for yellow star-shaped flowers.

Quick Look:

  • Full sun to partial shade

  • Typical water needs for a succulent. Do not water when dormant.

  • Plant grows up to 12″ (30.5 cm) tall
    Plant grows up to 8″ (20 cm) wide

  • Zone 9a (Minimum 20° F | -6.7° C)

  • Not cold hardy

  • Propagation by cuttings, offsets, seeds

  • Generally non-toxic to people and pets

  • Summer dormant

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Care and Propagation Information

General Care for Aeonium canariense “Giant Velvet Rose”

Aeonium canariense “Giant Velvet Rose” grows well outdoors in sunny garden beds. As it grows, it spreads out like a shrub. Its flowers attract hummingbirds.


Aeonium canariense “Giant Velvet Rose” has typical watering needs for a succulent. It's best to use the “soak and dry” method, and allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. Do not water in the summer when it is dormant.

Where to Plant

“Giant Velvet Rose” is not cold hardy, so if you live in a zone that gets colder than 20° F (-6.7° C), it's best to plant this succulent in a container that can be brought indoors. It does well in full to partial sun.

Plant in an area of your garden that gets 6 hours of sunlight a day.

How to Propagate Aeonium canariense “Giant Velvet Rose”

Aeonium canariense “Giant Velvet Rose” can be propagated from stem cuttings, offsets, or seeds.


To grow “Giant Velvet Rose” from cuttings, use a sterile, sharp knife or pair of scissors. Remove a stem from the main plant, and allow it to callous for several days before placing on well-draining soil. Water whenever the soil has dried out completely.


“Giant Velvet Rose” will produce small offsets, sprouting up around the base of the plant. Simply pull these up and allow the offsets to dry for one to two days before replanting.


When growing Aeonium canariense from seed, be sure that the temperature is warmer, or you are using a grow light and seed warmer. Sow seeds in well-draining soil, watering whenever the soil is dry. Germination can take several weeks or longer, depending on your growing environment.