Aeonium haworthii care infographicAeonium haworthii or the Pinwheel plant is a beautiful succulent suitable for a pot. A mature plant can grow as big as 24 inches tall and 4 inches in diameter. Its green leaves with pink edges are very attractive while its white flowers add to its value.

Read this comprehensive guide to learn more about this wonderful plant and how to properly care for it.

Quick Overview

Here is a handy table of this plant’s requirements.

Requirements Aeonium haworthii
Light Full to partial light is suitable for its optimal growth rate; make sure it receives direct sunlight
Water Drought-tolerant and should never sit in water; soil can be allowed to go dry before the next watering
Soil Needs soil that drains quickly and also offers plant food
Temperature Minimum temperature of 30 degrees Fahrenheit needed
Fertilizer Apply nutrient supplement twice a month

What Is Aeonium Haworthii?

The Aeonium haworthii or the Pinwheel plant is an attractive succulent that is part of the family Crassulaceae and genus Aeonium.

The Majestic Haworthii Aeonium

It can grow as big as 24 inches tall and boasts of green leaves with dainty pink edges, making it a must-have for all enthusiasts.


Aeonium haworthii, also known as Haworth’s aeonium, belongs to the Crassulaceae family of succulent flowering plants. Gardens in temperate regions grow it, and it has also earned the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.

The Haworthii plant is native to Northern Africa and the Canary Islands. Over the years, it has been distributed around the world and has adapted well to various climates. It is a species that is drought tolerant and likes full sunlight, but this sand-dwelling plant is sometimes attacked by pests.

Aeonium haworthii needs the same care as any succulent plant . The following guide will help you understand the best care practices and will describe its need for soil, light, temperature and fertilizers in detail. 

– Soil

Pinwheel succulents need soil that drains quickly and also offers plant food. Consider buying a readymade cacti soil mix for pots or make your own. You can add perlite for better aeration of the soil and improved drainage.

Add a quarter part compost to give enough nutrients to the plant. Sand-based soils or loamy soil will be perfect for this one. Clay texture can be made better by adding perlite and sand to it. Worm casting is also a good natural food for succulents.

– Water

Aeonium haworthii pinwheel is a succulent and is therefore drought-tolerant. It should never sit in water and its soil can be allowed to go dry before the next watering. To keep it healthy, manage water in the best way possible. Soak and dry methods are the best.

Overwatered plants will not perform well and can even die quickly. You can check the soil before watering to ensure there is no excess moisture in the pot.

– Light

It is suitable for outdoor gardens because it needs loads of direct sunlight. It is perfect for gardens that are in warm sunny areas. 

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The Pinwheel plant needs full sun and likes warm temperatures. Succulents require intense light, so when planting it in a garden, make sure it receives direct sunlight. Full to partial light is suitable for its optimal growth rate. 

– Temperature

This succulent favors a warm climate. It survives in zones 10a-11b, which receives a minimum temperature of 30 degrees Fahrenheit. In cooler regions, it is better to bring it indoors. Make sure it gets enough sunlight. 

A potted plant can be shifted inside the house during winter because the plant doesn’t like cold days and nights.

– Fertilizer

Apply nutrient supplement twice a month to your Pinwheel succulent plant. Make sure that the fertilizer does not fall on the leaves of the plant because it will cause withering of the foliage quickly. Do not fertilize during winter.

Some of the fertilizers that you can use are worm castings, slow-release fertilizers and liquid plant feeds. You can add compost too.

– Pruning 

The foliage of Aeonium haworthii may not look good or get old eventually. You can prune it in spring or summer and remove such leaves using your hands. Make sure you do not remove all its branches or leaves. 

Leave three to five leaves so that the plant continues to grow and doesn’t become weak.

– Potting

Aeonium haworthii can be potted in all kinds of pots. Be it plastic or ceramic, the succulent will grow happily as far as there is good drainage and plenty of sunlight. Here are some points to remember:

  • Plant in the evening and never in full sunlight.
  • Water generously.
  • Place it in an area with lots of sunlight.
  • The pot must have extra drainage holes.
  • The soil must be well-draining and porous.

Make sure that the pot is not too big for it. Once the plant begins to overgrow the pot, you can give it a pot that is slightly bigger than the old one. More soil means more moisture for the roots and that will only lead to destruction.

– Growth 

Aeonium haworthii is a unique succulent that blooms in spring. Its pinkish-orange flowers are beautiful and a feast for the eyes. Plant it in a pot that suits its appearance to enhance its beauty.

The Unique Haworthii Aeonium

Here are a few things to remember about its growth:

  • Likes full sunlight
  • Suitable for outdoor planting
  • Grows up to 12 inches high
  • Spreads up to 24 inches wide
  • Overwatering kills it
  • Does not tolerate cold weather
  • Ideal zones are 10a-11b
  • The best pot for it is clay or terracotta pot, but it will also grow in plastic containers.

We hope that the care guide above answered all your questions regarding the Pinwheel succulent. Now let us look at some propagation techniques that are extremely easy to follow.



Propagate Aeonium haworthii is very simple and actually a fun activity to do with children. It is exciting to see a leaf magically turn into a plant when you plant leaf cuttings. Seed sowing and offsets can be used to grow these plants, and the best time to do this is during summer or spring. 

Never do this during winter when the plant is resting. Let us look at each step in detail:

– Offsets

Nature beautifully reproduces plants through offsets, which we can collect and plant in a very simple way. Aeonium haworthii can be propagated using this method during its growing season.

Here is a guide to help you propagate plants from offsets:

  1. Remove an offset carefully from the parent plant.
  2. Clear the sand from it.
  3. Let it develop a callus for a couple of days before you plant it.
  4. Plant it in an individual pot that has a well-draining soil mixture.
  5. Water it thoroughly, then keep watering regularly to keep the soil moist for a couple of weeks.
  6. Reduce watering as the plant grows.

Note: Callus helps keep infections and disease away from the young cuttings. It also protects it from too much moisture, which can quickly lead to plant death.

– Leaf Cuttings

Aeonium haworthii, or the pinwheel plant, is easy to propagate from leaves. All you need to do is to collect healthy leaves, allow them to develop a callus for a couple of days, and then plant them. Choose a soil mixture that is suitable for succulents and do not overwater them.

Soon you will see shoots emerging and roots growing from your cuttings. In no time at all, the leaf will turn into a separate plant. You can also do this with broken leaves that fall off. Isn’t this amazing?

– Seeds

When the Aeonium haworthii blooms, it leaves behind its seeds. Let the seed pods dry on the plant before removing it, and prepare a pot with good quality soil mixture before scattering the seeds on top. Cover lightly and water gently.

It may not be the best growing method due to its slow pace, but it is doable. Be patient, as it may take a while for the Aeonium haworthii seeds to sprout.


Succulents come with their own set of problems that are mainly because of overwatering or low light.

The Charm of the Haworthii Aeonium

These problems can include:

  • Browning of foliage
  • Pale leaves or stems
  • Dying plants

The foliage turns brown when the plant is overwatered, which can then lead to permanent root damage and cause the plant to decay. Repot the plant or stop watering it for a while.

If the plant already looks very unhealthy, you can take the roots out and check for root rot. If the damage is not too severe, the above solutions can work, but if it is already bad, then you can take a cutting and restart the plant

Pale and withering leaves of the Pinwheel succulent indicate that it is in low light. Bring the plant to a sunny location, and remember that it needs full sunlight and loads of warmth. Moving it in the shade can weaken it.

– Spider Mites

Red spider mites also attack these plants. They feel comfortable there when there is poor ventilation around the plant, so once you notice mites, begin spraying 40% oxidized dimethoate emulsion heavily diluted in water.

Make sure it is not a windy day and that the spray doesn’t land on any pets or children.


Does Aeonium Haworthii lose its leaves in winter?

No, Aeonium Haworthii is a winter-dormant succulent that retains its leaves throughout the winter season.

How do you make Aeonium Haworthii bushy?

To make Aeonium Haworthii bushy, pinch or prune the stem tips regularly. This encourages branching and stimulates new growth, resulting in a fuller and more compact appearance for the plant.

Does Aeonium Haworthii prefer morning or afternoon sun?

Aeonium Haworthii prefers bright, indirect light and can tolerate both morning and afternoon sun. However, it’s important to monitor the plant and ensure it is not exposed to intense, direct sunlight for extended periods, as it may cause sunburn or damage to the leaves. Providing filtered or partially shaded sunlight can be beneficial for optimal growth.


Aeonium haworthii is a lovely succulent that is suitable for pots and outdoor plantations. It can grow very well indoors if its care requirements are met.

    • Aeonium haworthii is also called the pinwheel succulent
    • It grows well in full sunlight and loves warm climates. Shade and low light weaken it
    • It is recommended to grow it outdoors because of sunlight, but it can also grow inside if the temperatures are right
    • An outdoor plant based in cold regions must be brought indoors during winter
    • The Pinwheel plant likes to grow in a well-draining, sand-based soil mixture
    • The pot must have enough drainage holes
    • The roots of Aeonium haworthii do not like to sit in water. Overwatering damages the roots and kills the plant
    • Being a succulent, this plant needs less watering
    • It does not tolerate the cold well and must be brought inside during colder months
    • The Aeonium haworthii plant can be propagated in the growing season
    • Sow seeds, take a leaf cutting or separate the offsets to grow new plants
    • Winter months are for resting. Do not overfertilize during that time, and also slow down with watering
    • The plant can be pruned during spring or summer, which is its growing season
    • Fertilizers such as worm castings, compost, slow-release or liquid feeds work for this succulent
    • The plant suffers from problems caused by low light or overwatering
    • The Pinwheel succulent also gets invaded by spider mites if there is poor ventilation
  • The flowers are pinkish-orange and look beautiful 

In short, this plant is very easy to care for and virtually anyone can grow it at home and enjoy its beauty. We hope our guide helped in finding answers to your burning Aeonium haworthii questions.

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