While succulents are pretty much the prom queens of the plant world at the moment, the Mountain Rose variant is the prettiest of them all.
Succulents are all the rage right now thanks to their low-maintenance-high-aesthetic appeal. Featuring a wide variety of interesting members, this plant family is the perfect fit for those looking to add a bit of green to their otherwise drab residence or workspaces. From succulents shaped like bunnies to those that look like tiny dolphins leaping into the air, we just can't get enough of these popular water-storing houseplants. Even more so now that we have come across this gorgeous variant that highly resembles a blooming rose. Commonly known as the Mountain Rose succulent, these are a rare variety of the Aeonium genus.
According to World Of Succulents, the rose succulent is botanically referred to as Aeonium dodrantale or Greenovia dodrantalis. This evergreen, perennial succulent features densely packed leaves that resemble the layered petals of a rose in bloom, and look like something straight out of a fairytale. Native to the Canary Islands in Spain, the Mountain Rose grows as stemless rosettes typically in clusters, giving off the appearance of a natural bouquet of roses. Forget roses that wilt away after a few days, the Greenovia dodrantalis is your answer to a year-round bouquet in your garden.
The Mountain Rose succulent goes into a dormant state in dry seasons, with its leaves (or petals) remaining tightly closed to prevent excessive water loss. Although they can survive without water in this dormant state during summers (unless it is exceptionally hot), the Greenovia dodrantalis prefers moist shade to grow. Their true growing season is from winter to spring and can grow up to 2.4 inches (6 cm) in diameter with yellow flowers appearing in the spring.
While these green rosettes have won over our hearts completely, we were completely blown away when we found out that they also come in a pink-colored variant which could fool just about anyone into thinking they are actual roses. If you thought the Mountain Rose succulents were hard to get your hands on, these pink variants are even rarer. However, those looking to own these breathtaking wonders of nature are just in luck because we've found a few listings for these on Etsy. But you better hurry as these are in high demand and are selling out like hotcakes.
Since not all of us may be lucky enough to get our hands on these beautiful succulents, the best we can do right now is fawn over them on the internet. Thankfully, Instagram is overflowing with breathtaking pictures of Mountain Roses and our poor aching hearts have found some comfort in them. Check out some of our favorites here: