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

ee-OH-nee-um  LIND-lee-eye  vis-KAY-tum
Synonym of Aeonium lindleyiSempervivum lindleyi (Webb & Berthel.) Christ
Synonyms of Aeonium lindleyi subsp. viscatumAeonium lindleyi var. viscatum (Bolle) H.Y.Liu, Aeonium viscatum Bolle, Sempervivum viscatum (Bolle) Christ

Plants of the World Online list Aeonium lindleyi subsp. viscatum (Bolle) Bañares as the accepted subspecies of Aeonium lindleyi. It was named and described as such by Angel Bañares in Willdenowia in 2008. Other sources list Aeonium lindleyi var. viscatum (Bolle) H.Y.Liu as the accepted infraspecific name. Their decision was based on the description made 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.

Aeonium lindleyi Webb & Berthel. is the correct and accepted scientific name for the species. The genus and species were named and described by Philip Barker Webb and Sabin Berthelot in the Historie Naturelle des Iles Canaries in 1840. Plants of the World Online lists 43 accepted species in the Aeonium genus as of 1-15-20 when I am updating this page. That number could change.

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. Plants of the World Online has no listing as a synonym or otherwise for Aeononym lindley var. lindleyi. World Flora Online, however, says it is a synonym of Uropappus lindleyi. Ummm… POWO says that name is a synonym of Microseris lindleyi. Personally, I think Plants of the World Online is the most up-to-date. World Flora Online transferred their information from The Plant List which hasn’t been maintained since 2013. I don’t think WFO has updated all the names yet which is why they say different than POWO. I hope someday they will match. If not, then they have a difference of opinion which is acceptable. 🙂

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? Possibly just a name given to it by the industry.

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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