Black Rose - Aeonium arboreum zwartkop
Black Rose - Aeonium arboreum zwartkop
Black Rose - Aeonium arboreum zwartkop
Black Rose - Aeonium arboreum zwartkop
Black Rose - Aeonium arboreum zwartkop
Black Rose - Aeonium arboreum zwartkop
Black Rose - Aeonium arboreum zwartkop
Black Rose - Aeonium arboreum zwartkop
Black Rose - Aeonium arboreum zwartkop
Black Rose - Aeonium arboreum zwartkop
Black Rose - Aeonium arboreum zwartkop
Black Rose - Aeonium arboreum zwartkop
Black Rose - Aeonium arboreum zwartkop
Black Rose - Aeonium arboreum zwartkop
Black Rose - Aeonium arboreum zwartkop
Black Rose - Aeonium arboreum zwartkop
Black Rose - Aeonium arboreum zwartkop
Black Rose - Aeonium arboreum zwartkop
Black Rose - Aeonium arboreum zwartkop
Black Rose - Aeonium arboreum zwartkop
Black Rose - Aeonium arboreum zwartkop
Black Rose - Aeonium arboreum zwartkop
Black Rose - Aeonium arboreum zwartkop
Black Rose - Aeonium arboreum zwartkop
Black Rose - Aeonium arboreum zwartkop
Black Rose - Aeonium arboreum zwartkop
Black Rose - Aeonium arboreum zwartkop
Black Rose - Aeonium arboreum zwartkop
Black Rose - Aeonium arboreum zwartkop
Black Rose - Aeonium arboreum zwartkop
Black Rose - Aeonium arboreum zwartkop
Black Rose - Aeonium arboreum zwartkop
Black Rose - Aeonium arboreum zwartkop
Black Rose - Aeonium arboreum zwartkop
Black Rose - Aeonium arboreum zwartkop
Black Rose - Aeonium arboreum zwartkop
Black Rose - Aeonium arboreum zwartkop
Black Rose - Aeonium arboreum zwartkop
Black Rose - Aeonium arboreum zwartkop
Black Rose - Aeonium arboreum zwartkop
Black Rose - Aeonium arboreum zwartkop
Black Rose - Aeonium arboreum zwartkop
Black Rose - Aeonium arboreum zwartkop
Black Rose - Aeonium arboreum zwartkop
Black Rose - Aeonium arboreum zwartkop
Black Rose - Aeonium arboreum zwartkop
Black Rose - Aeonium arboreum zwartkop
Black Rose - Aeonium arboreum zwartkop

Introducing the black rose, known as Aeonium Zwartkop', a beautiful variety of Aeonium arboreum. The name "Black Rose" comes from its leaves, which have a deep purple-black tint that resembles roses. It is not a rose, but a succulent plant from the Crassulaceae family.

The black rose Aeonium zwartkop has several other common names, such as Aeonium arboreum zwartkop, Aeonium black rose, purple crest aeonium, Aeonium 'black beauty', or tree aeonium. 


Hailing from the Canary Islands and reaching 5 feet in height and 3 feet in diameter at maturity, the black rose aeonium forms clumps and is sure to make a statement wherever it's planted.

When grown in full sun, the foliage takes on a deep, almost black color, which is why it's often referred to as the "Black Rose."

When grown in partial shade, the rosettes display a beautiful combination of purple-red hues with a green center.

It's such a versatile plant that can add a touch of elegance and drama to any garden or succulent collection.

The flowers of Aeonium zwartkop bloom in the spring and produce clusters of small, yellow star-shaped flowers that emerge from the center of its rosette-shaped foliage. The contrast between the dark purple-black leaves and the bright yellow flowers creates a stunning display. The flowers attract bees and other pollinators, adding life and movement to your garden.

Being a winter-growing plant, the Aeonium arboreum enters a state of dormancy during the scorching hot summer; during this time, the older leaves simply curl towards their points of growth rather than falling off entirely, giving the appearance of a black rosebud that is about to bloom. It's like a little garden masterpiece!

To propagate the black rose aeonium, one common method is through stem cutting. Simply take a healthy stem from the mature plants, making sure it is at least a few inches long. Allow the cutting to dry for a few days to form a callus, which helps prevent rotting. Then, plant the cutting in well-draining soil and keep it lightly moist until roots develop.

With minimal water and full sun exposure requirements, this perennial is perfect for those looking for a low-maintenance addition to their garden or indoor space.   

Watering Needs 

The drought-tolerant black rose succulent can easily go a month or more without water. If they don't get enough water, the stems will start to show signs of discoloration, then start to shrivel up due to a lack of water.  If you notice this and then give them water again; the stems will swell up again as your aeonium black rose starts to absorb water into its stems. 

You should water your black rose Aeonium moderately in the growing period and sparingly in the summer during its dormant phase.  Overwatering your black rose can cause the leaves to drop off, so be careful to never water them unless the soil is dry to at least a two-inch depth.

Light Requirements 

When growing the black rose succulent indoors, it's important to provide it with bright, indirect light. Place it near a sunny window where it can receive several hours of sunlight each day. If direct sunlight is too intense, you can use a sheer curtain or move it slightly away from the window to provide some shade. Keeping it in a well-lit area will help maintain the deep coloration of its leaves and promote healthy growth.

When grown outdoors, the black rose aeonium likes a lot of sun, but it prefers to grow in areas with some partial shade during hot summer days. In full sun, the foliage of this succulent turns almost black, which is why it's often referred to as the "Black Rose." The intense sunlight brings out the deepest coloration in its leaves, creating a striking visual contrast. However, if you prefer a different look, placing it in partial shade will result in rosettes that display purple-reddish hues with a green center. This can add a unique and vibrant touch to your garden.

If your Aeonium 'Zwartkop' is exposed to too much direct sunlight and is not used to it, then there is a chance that the leaves might get damaged. It's critical to remember that during a heatwave or periods of extreme heat, your black rose succulent can get sunburned. You can protect the plant in this situation by moving it indoors or to a shaded area.

Optimal Soil & Fertilizer Needs 

It's crucial to remain cautious when picking the ideal soil for your adorable black rose succulent. This is due to the fact that excessive soil moisture may be the main factor in the early demise of the majority of succulents. 

The Aeonium zwartkop, like many other succulents, should not be exposed to excessive moisture because it can lead to stem and root rot. So, Planet Desert has a specialized succulent potting mix that includes an organic substrate with mycorrhizae to help with the growth of a healthy root system and help your succulents thrive.  

Remember that less is more when it comes to fertilizing. A small amount (5-10-5) of NPK fertilizer once a year in the spring will do wonders for your plant's health and growth. Using a natural fertilizer ensures that other beneficial compounds and microbes are added to the soil without the use of harsh chemicals. Show your succulent some love with awesome natural fertilizer and watch it thrive.  

Hardiness Zones & More 

Typically grown in hot, arid desert regions, the Aeonium black rose thrives indoors in warm, dry surroundings around 65–75°F. It can tolerate slightly cooler temperatures, but it's best to avoid extreme cold or hot conditions. As for humidity, this succulent is adaptable and can tolerate average indoor humidity levels. However, it's important to provide good air circulation to prevent any issues with excessive moisture or stagnant air.

For outdoor cultivation, the Aeonium zwartkop is best suited in USDA zones 9–12. But they are not cold- or frost-tolerant, you should plant them indoors or put them in a pot and move them indoors during the winter if you live outside of these regions. 

Final Thoughts

Overall, the Aeonium zwartkop (black rose) is a unique and elegant succulent that can be a great addition to any indoor or outdoor space. Its dark foliage adds elegance and can be easily cared for with bright, indirect light indoors or full sun to partial shade outdoors. Keep your black rose aeonium away from cold, drafty windows and air vents if you are growing them indoors in a cold climate. The plant's distinctive black foliage or vibrant purple-reddish hues make it a standout in any garden or indoor decor. Its rosette-shaped leaves and compact growth habit add visual interest and can be a conversation starter.  

Be sure to add the ‘Aeonium arboreum ‘Zwartkop’ (black rose succulent) to your collection today and elevate the beauty of your home or garden, with this stunning-looking plant. 

Bloom Season Late winter, spring
Botanical Name Aeonium zwartkop
Common Name Black rose, royal pinwheel, purple rose, black tree aeonium, purple rose tree, houseleek tree
Dormancy Summer
Family Crassulaceae
Flower Color Yellow
Genus Aeonium
Growth Habit Branched, upright, rosette
Growth Rate Slow growth
Hardiness Zone 9, 10, 11, 12
Mature Size 5 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide
Native Area Canary Islands, Africa
Plant Type Perennial succulent
Propagation By stem, leaf cuttings
Resistance Drought tolerant, deer resistant, frost tolerant
Soil PH 6.5, Acidic, Neutral
Soil Type Succulents potting mix soil
Special Features Easy to maintain
Sun Exposure Full sun, Partial shade
Toxicity Safe for humans, friendly to dogs, friendly to cats
Watering Needs Moderate

Pests & Common Problems of Aeonium 'Zwartkop'

The black rose is generally a low-maintenance outdoor plant with few challenges. The most frequent pests, mealybugs and scale insects, can leave the plant body with brown or white spots. If you notice any of these pests on your aeonium plant, don't be worried.  

Mealybugs: To get rid of them, simply dab the insects with a cotton swab dipped in 70% isopropyl rubbing alcohol. Until they are gone, repeat this procedure every week.   

Scale insects: Using a pair of heavy gloves, you can remove scale insects from the plant.  

Root rot: Overwatering or too much moisture in the soil may be the cause of rot. If the plant exhibits stem or root rot, you must cut off the affected areas and let the plant fully dry out before replanting.   

Leaf Lose: Black rose aeonium is a striking succulent plant with dark, large terminal rosettes that can sometimes lose their color if not given enough sunlight. It is important to provide adequate sunlight and well-draining soil to prevent leaf loss and maintain the Black roses' vibrant appearance.   

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why are my Aeonium black rose leaves falling off? 

    The Black rose aeonium's older leaves may fall off due to overwatering during their resting period in the summer. In order to give the plant time to rest and get ready for its upcoming growth cycle, it is crucial to reduce watering and fertilization during this time to help the plant endure the summer. Once the plant has rested, it will begin to grow actively again in the spring or early summer. There is nothing to worry about because this is a natural process.

  • Is the Black Rose Aeonium zwartkop frost tolerant? 

    The Black Rose aeonium doesn't tolerate severe winters and frosty conditions. It cannot withstand freezing temperatures and conditions, so it dies. If you live in climates with extremely cold winters, this plant might not thrive. The black tree aeoniums grow best in hardiness zone 9-12. 

  • How To Propagate an Aeonium arboreum 'zwartkop'?

    Stem cuttings are the best method for propagatingAeonium 'Zwartkop' black rose. Lower waxy leaves on a stem that is growing taller will eventually drop off and die, leaving the stem bare. You can decapitate the rosette as it grows to create a new one. 

  • Why is my Aeonium turning green?  

    If you don't give the fleshy leaves enough light or water, they will start to turn green. Green leaves are simple to cure, so don't worry! 

  • Does Aeonium arboreum grow indoors or outdoors? 

    The Aeonium black rose can be grown indoors or outdoors but requires bright sunlight andwell-drained succulents mixed soilto thrive. If your succulent plant doesn't have enough light, then you will need to invest in growing light.  

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Introducing the black rose, known as Aeonium Zwartkop', a beautiful variety of Aeonium arboreum. The name "Black Rose" comes from its leaves, which have a deep purple-black tint that resembles roses. It is not a rose, but a succulent plant from the Crassulaceae family.

The black rose Aeonium zwartkop has several other common names, such as Aeonium arboreum zwartkop, Aeonium black rose, purple crest aeonium, Aeonium 'black beauty', or tree aeonium. 


Hailing from the Canary Islands and reaching 5 feet in height and 3 feet in diameter at maturity, the black rose aeonium forms clumps and is sure to make a statement wherever it's planted.

When grown in full sun, the foliage takes on a deep, almost black color, which is why it's often referred to as the "Black Rose."

When grown in partial shade, the rosettes display a beautiful combination of purple-red hues with a green center.

It's such a versatile plant that can add a touch of elegance and drama to any garden or succulent collection.

The flowers of Aeonium zwartkop bloom in the spring and produce clusters of small, yellow star-shaped flowers that emerge from the center of its rosette-shaped foliage. The contrast between the dark purple-black leaves and the bright yellow flowers creates a stunning display. The flowers attract bees and other pollinators, adding life and movement to your garden.

Being a winter-growing plant, the Aeonium arboreum enters a state of dormancy during the scorching hot summer; during this time, the older leaves simply curl towards their points of growth rather than falling off entirely, giving the appearance of a black rosebud that is about to bloom. It's like a little garden masterpiece!

To propagate the black rose aeonium, one common method is through stem cutting. Simply take a healthy stem from the mature plants, making sure it is at least a few inches long. Allow the cutting to dry for a few days to form a callus, which helps prevent rotting. Then, plant the cutting in well-draining soil and keep it lightly moist until roots develop.

With minimal water and full sun exposure requirements, this perennial is perfect for those looking for a low-maintenance addition to their garden or indoor space.   

Watering Needs 

The drought-tolerant black rose succulent can easily go a month or more without water. If they don't get enough water, the stems will start to show signs of discoloration, then start to shrivel up due to a lack of water.  If you notice this and then give them water again; the stems will swell up again as your aeonium black rose starts to absorb water into its stems. 

You should water your black rose Aeonium moderately in the growing period and sparingly in the summer during its dormant phase.  Overwatering your black rose can cause the leaves to drop off, so be careful to never water them unless the soil is dry to at least a two-inch depth.

Light Requirements 

When growing the black rose succulent indoors, it's important to provide it with bright, indirect light. Place it near a sunny window where it can receive several hours of sunlight each day. If direct sunlight is too intense, you can use a sheer curtain or move it slightly away from the window to provide some shade. Keeping it in a well-lit area will help maintain the deep coloration of its leaves and promote healthy growth.

When grown outdoors, the black rose aeonium likes a lot of sun, but it prefers to grow in areas with some partial shade during hot summer days. In full sun, the foliage of this succulent turns almost black, which is why it's often referred to as the "Black Rose." The intense sunlight brings out the deepest coloration in its leaves, creating a striking visual contrast. However, if you prefer a different look, placing it in partial shade will result in rosettes that display purple-reddish hues with a green center. This can add a unique and vibrant touch to your garden.

If your Aeonium 'Zwartkop' is exposed to too much direct sunlight and is not used to it, then there is a chance that the leaves might get damaged. It's critical to remember that during a heatwave or periods of extreme heat, your black rose succulent can get sunburned. You can protect the plant in this situation by moving it indoors or to a shaded area.

Optimal Soil & Fertilizer Needs 

It's crucial to remain cautious when picking the ideal soil for your adorable black rose succulent. This is due to the fact that excessive soil moisture may be the main factor in the early demise of the majority of succulents. 

The Aeonium zwartkop, like many other succulents, should not be exposed to excessive moisture because it can lead to stem and root rot. So, Planet Desert has a specialized succulent potting mix that includes an organic substrate with mycorrhizae to help with the growth of a healthy root system and help your succulents thrive.  

Remember that less is more when it comes to fertilizing. A small amount (5-10-5) of NPK fertilizer once a year in the spring will do wonders for your plant's health and growth. Using a natural fertilizer ensures that other beneficial compounds and microbes are added to the soil without the use of harsh chemicals. Show your succulent some love with awesome natural fertilizer and watch it thrive.  

Hardiness Zones & More 

Typically grown in hot, arid desert regions, the Aeonium black rose thrives indoors in warm, dry surroundings around 65–75°F. It can tolerate slightly cooler temperatures, but it's best to avoid extreme cold or hot conditions. As for humidity, this succulent is adaptable and can tolerate average indoor humidity levels. However, it's important to provide good air circulation to prevent any issues with excessive moisture or stagnant air.

For outdoor cultivation, the Aeonium zwartkop is best suited in USDA zones 9–12. But they are not cold- or frost-tolerant, you should plant them indoors or put them in a pot and move them indoors during the winter if you live outside of these regions. 

Final Thoughts

Overall, the Aeonium zwartkop (black rose) is a unique and elegant succulent that can be a great addition to any indoor or outdoor space. Its dark foliage adds elegance and can be easily cared for with bright, indirect light indoors or full sun to partial shade outdoors. Keep your black rose aeonium away from cold, drafty windows and air vents if you are growing them indoors in a cold climate. The plant's distinctive black foliage or vibrant purple-reddish hues make it a standout in any garden or indoor decor. Its rosette-shaped leaves and compact growth habit add visual interest and can be a conversation starter.  

Be sure to add the ‘Aeonium arboreum ‘Zwartkop’ (black rose succulent) to your collection today and elevate the beauty of your home or garden, with this stunning-looking plant. 

Bloom Season Late winter, spring
Botanical Name Aeonium zwartkop
Common Name Black rose, royal pinwheel, purple rose, black tree aeonium, purple rose tree, houseleek tree
Dormancy Summer
Family Crassulaceae
Flower Color Yellow
Genus Aeonium
Growth Habit Branched, upright, rosette
Growth Rate Slow growth
Hardiness Zone 9, 10, 11, 12
Mature Size 5 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide
Native Area Canary Islands, Africa
Plant Type Perennial succulent
Propagation By stem, leaf cuttings
Resistance Drought tolerant, deer resistant, frost tolerant
Soil PH 6.5, Acidic, Neutral
Soil Type Succulents potting mix soil
Special Features Easy to maintain
Sun Exposure Full sun, Partial shade
Toxicity Safe for humans, friendly to dogs, friendly to cats
Watering Needs Moderate

Pests & Common Problems of Aeonium 'Zwartkop'

The black rose is generally a low-maintenance outdoor plant with few challenges. The most frequent pests, mealybugs and scale insects, can leave the plant body with brown or white spots. If you notice any of these pests on your aeonium plant, don't be worried.  

Mealybugs: To get rid of them, simply dab the insects with a cotton swab dipped in 70% isopropyl rubbing alcohol. Until they are gone, repeat this procedure every week.   

Scale insects: Using a pair of heavy gloves, you can remove scale insects from the plant.  

Root rot: Overwatering or too much moisture in the soil may be the cause of rot. If the plant exhibits stem or root rot, you must cut off the affected areas and let the plant fully dry out before replanting.   

Leaf Lose: Black rose aeonium is a striking succulent plant with dark, large terminal rosettes that can sometimes lose their color if not given enough sunlight. It is important to provide adequate sunlight and well-draining soil to prevent leaf loss and maintain the Black roses' vibrant appearance.   

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why are my Aeonium black rose leaves falling off? 

    The Black rose aeonium's older leaves may fall off due to overwatering during their resting period in the summer. In order to give the plant time to rest and get ready for its upcoming growth cycle, it is crucial to reduce watering and fertilization during this time to help the plant endure the summer. Once the plant has rested, it will begin to grow actively again in the spring or early summer. There is nothing to worry about because this is a natural process.

  • Is the Black Rose Aeonium zwartkop frost tolerant? 

    The Black Rose aeonium doesn't tolerate severe winters and frosty conditions. It cannot withstand freezing temperatures and conditions, so it dies. If you live in climates with extremely cold winters, this plant might not thrive. The black tree aeoniums grow best in hardiness zone 9-12. 

  • How To Propagate an Aeonium arboreum 'zwartkop'?

    Stem cuttings are the best method for propagatingAeonium 'Zwartkop' black rose. Lower waxy leaves on a stem that is growing taller will eventually drop off and die, leaving the stem bare. You can decapitate the rosette as it grows to create a new one. 

  • Why is my Aeonium turning green?  

    If you don't give the fleshy leaves enough light or water, they will start to turn green. Green leaves are simple to cure, so don't worry! 

  • Does Aeonium arboreum grow indoors or outdoors? 

    The Aeonium black rose can be grown indoors or outdoors but requires bright sunlight andwell-drained succulents mixed soilto thrive. If your succulent plant doesn't have enough light, then you will need to invest in growing light.  

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