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Aeonium urbicum (C.Sm. ex Hornem.) Webb & Berthel.

Dinner plate aeonium

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderRosalesRose family and eight others
FamilyCrassulaceaeSucculents that store water in leaves
GenusAeoniumMeans “ageless” (not sure why); plants have a basal rosette of leaves

About plant names...

Dinner plate aeonium is so-called because the large rosettes of overlapping, spade-shaped leaves form bowl-shaped clusters. It is native to the Canary Islands of Tenerife and La Gomera.

Identification: This plant forms a rosette up to 1½′ (45 cm) wide, on a stem as much as 3′ (91 cm) high. It has a large, dome-shaped flower cluster for a few weeks each year. The central cluster will not branch unless its central point is damaged.

Aeonium urbicum (dinner plate aeonium)

Photo by Opuntia.

Online References:

The Stridvall Family Domain




Aeonium urbicum var. meridionale Bañares

Sempervivum urbicum C.Sm. ex Hornem.

Aeonium pseudourbicum Bañares


Aeonium urbicum description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Aeonium urbicum (dinner plate aeonium)

2/24/2010 · San Diego (Quail) Botanic Garden, Encinitas, Cali­fornia ID is uncertain

Aeonium urbicum (dinner plate aeonium)

2/24/2010 · San Diego (Quail) Botanic Garden, Encinitas, Cali­fornia · ≈ 3 × 2′ (98 × 65 cm) ID is uncertain

Range: Zones 3-9:

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