Merry Maiden Aeonium Aeonium 'Merry Maiden'

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
aeonium 'Merry Maiden'


The Aeonium 'Merry Maiden', showcasing a bold and vibrant appearance, is characterized by rosettes that are rich with multi-colored leaves. These leaves exhibit a striking gradient that transitions from deep green at the base to a beautiful burgundy or pinkish-red at the tips, giving it a fiery, two-toned effect. The overall impression is one of lushness and color vibrancy, creating a visual spectacle that mimics the flaming hues of a sunset. The plant's leaves are fleshy and smooth, typical of succulent plants, and they are arranged in a perfectly symmetrical pattern that spirals from the center of the rosette. This geometrical arrangement gives the 'Merry Maiden' a highly ornamental, sculptural look, creating a focal point in any setting it graces. The succulent's eye-catching palette and symmetric form make it a favorite among garden enthusiasts seeking a touch of dramatic flair.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Merry Maiden Aeonium, Sempervivum 'Merry Maiden'.

    • Common names

      Aeonium 'Merry Maiden'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The Aeonium 'Merry Maiden' is not commonly known to be toxic to humans. There is typically no significant risk of poisoning from ingesting parts of this plant, and it does not commonly cause adverse symptoms in humans upon ingestion. However, as with any plant material, individual allergies or sensitivities can exist, and it is still advisable to avoid eating this or any ornamental plant.

    • To pets

      The Aeonium 'Merry Maiden' is not commonly known to be toxic to pets. It does not typically pose a risk of serious poisoning to animals such as cats and dogs if they ingest parts of the plant. Nonetheless, ingestion of non-food plants can sometimes lead to gastrointestinal discomfort such as vomiting or diarrhea in pets, so it is still wise to prevent your pets from chewing on it.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Height

      2 feet [60 cm]

    • Spread

      2 feet [60 cm]

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      Canary Islands


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Appeal: Aeonium 'Merry Maiden' adds aesthetic value to gardens with its rosettes of fleshy leaves and vibrant colors.
    • Drought Tolerance: Being a succulent, it requires minimal water, making it an ideal choice for water-efficient gardening.
    • Low Maintenance: It does not require frequent care or pruning, making it suitable for gardeners with limited time.
    • Container Gardening: This plant is well-suited for pots and containers, allowing for decorative flexibility on patios and balconies.
    • Propagation Ease: Aeonium 'Merry Maiden' can be easily propagated from cuttings, allowing gardeners to expand their collection without additional costs.
    • Seasonal Interest: It can provide visual interest throughout the year, with some varieties offering seasonal blooms.
    • Pest Resistant: Generally resistant to pests and diseases, decreasing the need for chemical treatments.
    • Urban Gardening: Due to its compact size, it is suitable for urban settings where space might be limited.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Aeonium 'Merry Maiden' can be used as a natural dye source for fabrics, giving them a unique and subtle color obtained from the leaves.
    • The thick leaves can be used in arrangements as a natural water reservoir to keep other cut flowers fresh for longer periods.
    • When dried, the leaves and stems can be crafted into unique botanical art pieces or used in wreaths for decoration.
    • Due to its rosette shape and interesting foliage, Aeonium 'Merry Maiden' can be used in costume design as an organic adornment or accessory.
    • The plant can be used in terrariums or fairy gardens, providing a sense of scale and fantasy landscape due to its miniature tree-like appearance.
    • With careful shaping, Merry Maiden can be trained for use in miniature bonsai-like arrangements, creating a focus on its architectural form.
    • The sap from the stem can be experimented with as a natural adhesive or binder in certain crafting applications.
    • Leaves can act as eco-friendly disposable plates or wrappers for small snacks, tapping into the trend of using natural materials in place of plastics.
    • The plant's unique shape and texture can serve as a natural stencil for creative painting or textures in artwork.
    • During festive seasons, Merry Maiden can be decorated with fine ornaments and serve as a compact, living Christmas tree alternative for small spaces.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Aeonium is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Aeonium is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Adaptability: The Aeonium 'Merry Maiden' is known for its ability to thrive in various conditions, symbolizing flexibility and resilience in life.
    • Rarity and Uniqueness: Given its distinctive appearance with rosettes of variegated leaves, the plant represents the uniqueness of an individual or situation.
    • Beauty and Aesthetics: With its striking foliage and form, this plant symbolizes the appreciation of beauty and the arts.
    • Transformation: As the 'Merry Maiden' can change its color based on sunlight exposure, it embodies the idea of transformation and change.
    • Perseverance: Able to survive in rocky terrains and with minimal water, the plant symbolizes determination and the will to persevere through challenges.

Every 2-3 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Aeonium 'Merry Maiden', commonly known as Merry Maiden Aeonium, should be watered thoroughly but infrequently, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. Generally, watering every 7 to 10 days during its growing season in spring and summer is sufficient. Provide about one cup (8 ounces) of water per foot of plant height, ensuring even distribution across the soil. In winter, reduce watering to once a month or less as the plant goes dormant. Always avoid letting water sit in the rosettes, as this can cause rot.

  • sunLight

    Merry Maiden Aeonium thrives in bright, indirect light and should be placed in a spot where it can receive several hours of morning sunlight but is protected from the harsh midday sun. A position near an east or west-facing window would be ideal. If grown outdoors, partial shade is best to prevent sunburn on the leaves.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Merry Maiden Aeonium prefers temperatures ranging from 40°F to 100°F with an ideal range of 65°F to 75°F. It can tolerate brief periods of cold down to around 40°F, but frost can be damaging, so it is best to protect the plant or bring it indoors if temperatures dip below this threshold.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune Merry Maiden Aeonium to remove any leggy, dead, or damaged stems to maintain a compact and healthy shape. It's best to prune in the early spring before the new growth starts. Pruning can be done every year or as needed when the plant becomes overgrown or loses its attractive form.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The best soil mix for Aeonium 'Merry Maiden' is a well-draining cactus or succulent potting mix enhanced with perlite or coarse sand to improve drainage. The ideal soil pH should be between 6.0 and 7.5, slightly acidic to neutral.

  • plantRepotting

    Aeonium 'Merry Maiden' should be repotted every 2 to 3 years or when the plant outgrows its pot, using the appropriate soil mix to ensure its continued health.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Aeonium 'Merry Maiden' prefers low to moderate humidity levels, typical of arid environments, and will thrive in conditions that mimic its natural coastal and mountain habitats.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright, indirect light indoors and ensure good airflow.

    • Outdoor

      In well-draining soil, full sun to partial shade.

    • Hardiness zone

      9-11 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The Aeonium 'Merry Maiden', also known as 'Merry Maiden' Aeonium, begins its life cycle as a seed, germinating in well-draining soil with warmth and indirect sunlight. After germination, the seedling develops into a rosette of succulent leaves, a characteristic growth form of many Aeoniums. As it matures, the 'Merry Maiden' Aeonium enters a vegetative stage, where it forms a thick stem and multiple rosettes through branching. This succulent experiences a growth period during cooler months and may go dormant in the heat of summer. When it reaches maturity, the 'Merry Maiden' Aeonium produces pyramidal inflorescences with small, star-shaped flowers, usually in the spring. After flowering, the main rosette that has bloomed typically dies, but the plant continues its life cycle through offsets and seeds left from the flowers.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • The most popular method for propagating the Aeonium 'Merry Maiden', often done in late spring or early summer when the plant is actively growing, involves taking stem cuttings. Choose a healthy, non-flowering stem and cut a segment approximately 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters) in length. Let the cutting dry for a few days until the cut end callouses over to prevent rotting. Once calloused, plant the cutting in well-draining soil and water sparingly until roots are established, which typically takes a few weeks. Maintaining a warm environment and providing indirect light helps encourage root growth.