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A picture of a Mountain Rose

Mountain Rose

Aeonium aureum

Also known as

Green Rose Buds

Aeonium aureum (≡ Greenovia. aurea) (Marianne Perdomo) 1 by Marianne Perdomo (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Partial Shade
Light watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

More images of Mountain Rose

A close up of some Aeonium aureum succulent plants
A flowering Aeonium aureum plant

Mountain Rose Overview

Aeonium aureum is a succulent perennial species from the Crassulaceae family. This plant is also sometimes still referred to by the old name Greenovia aurea. Grown more for the foliage over the flowers, it is termed monocarpic as after flowering, it dies. The flowers are borne on tall stems above the foliage, they are starry and yellow, appearing from winter-spring. It originates from mountainous areas of the Canary Islands and is commonly known by the names Mountain Rose and Green Rose Buds. These names refer to the attractive succulent rosettes of pale green foliage this plant produces, they are similar to rose flowers. This plant tends to form one main rosette up to 25cm across, then smaller offsets around it, forming a cluster of rosettes. The rosettes are at their best in summer, forming tight rounded clusters that resemble rose buds, during winter the rosettes tend to flatten. It grows during the winter, so will need water during this time and much less over the dormant summer period. The colour is best when grown in partial shade.

How to propagate Mountain Rose


Special features of Mountain Rose

Attractive leaves

Drought resistant


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