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Cyclops Giant Red Aeonium

Aeonium 'Cyclops'

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Cyclops Giant Red Aeonium (Aeonium 'Cyclops') at Green Thumb Nursery

Cyclops Giant Red Aeonium

Cyclops Giant Red Aeonium

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Cyclops Giant Red Aeonium (Aeonium 'Cyclops') at Green Thumb Nursery

Cyclops Giant Red Aeonium flowers

Cyclops Giant Red Aeonium flowers

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Height:  5 feet

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  8b

Other Names:  Cyclops Tree Aeonium


A striking succulent that forms branch stems up to 5 feet, with large, dark reddish-bronze rosettes with bright green new foliage, forming an eye; water deeply but infrequently; its exotic form is perfect for rock gardens and containers

Ornamental Features

Cyclops Giant Red Aeonium features dainty clusters of yellow star-shaped flowers rising above the foliage from mid summer to mid fall. Its attractive succulent oval compound leaves emerge light green in spring, turning burgundy in color throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Cyclops Giant Red Aeonium is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Cyclops Giant Red Aeonium is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Cyclops Giant Red Aeonium will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Cyclops Giant Red Aeonium is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Rock  Garden  Container 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Plant Form  Bark 
Ornamental Features