The genus Aeonium is distributed throughout the Canary Islands, Madeira, Morocco and eastern Africa. This photograph of ‘Atropurpureum’ shrubby aeonium was taken in San Jose, California, where it is obviously growing very successfully in a climate similar to its native one. Each of the succulent stems will flower and fruit only once and then die back; in a single word, the plant is monocarpic.
Botany / Photography resource link: Photo Galleries for The Ruth Bancroft Garden of Walnut Creek, California. Oodles of images of succulents, particularly from Africa.