Aeonium lindleyi subsp. or var. viscatum ‘Irish Bouquet’

Aeonium lindleyi var. viscatum  ‘Irish Bouquet’ on 5-1-09, #9-1.

Aeonium cv. ‘Irish Bouquet’

Aeonium lindleyi subsp. viscatum


Aeonium lindleyi var. viscatum

ee-OH-nee-um  LIND-lee-eye  vis-KAY-tum

Aeonium lindleyi Webb & Berthel. is the correct and accepted scientific name. It was first described by Philip Barker Webb and Sabin Berthelot in the Historie Naturelle des Iles Canaries in 1840. They named and described the genus in the same publication.


According to Plants of the World Online, Aeonium lindleyi subsp. viscatum (Bolle) Bañares is a subspecies of Aeonium lindleyi. Their decision is based on the description by Angel Bañares in Willdenowia in 2008.

According to the 2013 version of The Plant List, Tropicos, Llifle, the International Crassulaceae Network, etc., the correct infraspecific name is Aeonium lindleyi var. viscatum (Bolle) H.Y.Liu. Their decision is based on the description by Ho Yih Liu in Syst. Aeonium (NMNS, Taiwan, Special Publication) in 1989.

It was first named and described as Aeonium viscatum by Carl (Karl) August Bolle in Bonplandia in 1859.

Of course, all their information comes from The International Plant Names Index (IPNI) which lists all “official” scientific plant names but doesn’t give opinions as to what is accepted or not… So, once again, I guess we can use our own opinion.

The industry commonly lists this plant as Aeonium ‘Irish Bouquet’ with no mention of the species. There is another variety of Aeonium lindleyi named Aeonium lindleyi var. lindleyi which has thicker and fuzzy leaves. They are all native of the Canary Islands. San Marcos Growers (see link below) says Aeonium lindleyi var. lindleyi is from Tenerife. For a long time, I thought that was a plant company that introduced the cultivar ‘Irish Bouquet. Then one night while I was sleeping, I woke up and said, “that isn’t a plant company, it is the location.” Sure enough, Tenerife is the largest and most populated of the Canary Islands. I still don’t know who introduced the cultivar ‘Irish Bouquet’. Have any ideas?

Family: Crassulaceae
Height: 6 to 12″
Water: Drought tolerant, low water usage.
Light: Full sun to light shade
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Late spring/early summer
Dormancy: Summer

Over the years I have learned a lot about growing succulents (I am laughing). When I see a plant with thick fuzzy leaves, I see a plant that could possibly be hard to overwinter. I realize now that the biggest problem is how they are maintained during the winter… DON’T WATER! I suppose you have to take into account when they are dormant, but to me, that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense either. There is a little more to it and you have to take into account even though plants are summer dormant, they still go through another weird phase over the winter months. You can barely even notice when they go dormant during the summer, but winter is another story. Since this plant was one of my first succulents I had no idea what I was doing.

I don’t have a lot of experience with this plant since it died over our first winter together, so I have added a few links below that may help. I am sure someday I will try this plant again.

Geoff Stein has a good article on Dave’s Garden titled Introduction to Aeoniums which you may find useful.

I hope you enjoyed this page and maybe found it useful. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, I would like to hear from you. Please click on “like” if you visited this page. It helps us bloggers stay motivated. 🙂 You can check out the links below for further reading. The links take you directly to the genus and species of this plant.


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