The Gouty Houseleek ‘Aichryson Tortuosum’

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Hey plant enthusiasts! Today, let’s dive into the wonderful world of the Curly-leaved Aeonium, also known as Aichryson Tortuosum. This charming succulent has become a favorite for both indoor and outdoor plant lovers, thanks to its eye-catching curled leaves that give it a unique personality.

Appearance and Features

Its fleshy, spoon-shaped leaves are typically blue-green, sometimes tinged with shades of red or purple, and feature a powdery coating known as “bloom”. This protective coating enhances the plant’s resilience to drought and sunlight.

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The Aichryson Tortuosum flowers grow in bunches at the top of tall stems. These flowers are special because they have five star-shaped petals. They come in pink, purple, or white colors, making the plant look lively. Spring and early summer are excellent times to add bright colors to the succulent, as these are blooming seasons.

Aichryson Tortuosum has roots that do important jobs. These roots are relatively shallow and spread out widely in the soil. They keep the plant in the ground and drink water from the soil. Not only does drinking water, but each root also saves it, which helps the plant survive for a long time without water.

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Cultivation and Care

The Gouty Houseleek is renowned for its ability to thrive in various conditions. Below are essential tips for cultivating and caring for Aichryson tortuosum:

Lighting: Provide the Gouty Houseleek with bright, indirect sunlight. It thrives in a location that receives at least six hours of indirect sunlight daily. However, protecting it from the intense midday sun is essential, especially in warmer climates. If you have to place it indoors due to bad weather, you use growing light instead.

Temperature and Humidity: Aichryson Tortuosum prefers moderate temperatures ranging from 60-75°F (15-24°C). It is adaptable to various humidity levels but generally thrives in average room humidity. Avoid exposing the plant to frost or shallow temperatures.

Watering: The Gouty Houseleek is a drought-tolerant succulent. Water the plant sparingly, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. Overwatering can lead to root rot. During winter, reduce the watering frequency to mimic its natural dormant period.

Soil and Potting: Use a well-draining soil mixture formulated for succulents and cacti. The Gouty Houseleek thrives in a soil blend that allows excess water to drain freely. Terracotta pots or containers with drainage holes are ideal to prevent waterlogging.

Propagation: Aichryson tortuosum can be propagated through stem or leaf cuttings. The cuttings will callus in a couple of days before planting them in well-draining soil. Please keep them in a warm, bright location and lightly mist them occasionally to encourage root development.

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Richard Miller – Succulent City


The Gouty Houseleek, Aichryson Tortuosum, mesmerizing spiral rosettes, striking foliage, and resilience, has established itself as an exceptional succulent choice for plant enthusiasts. Regardless of your experience level, this unique plant will surely add a touch of elegance and natural beauty to your collection or garden. 

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