(etch' e-ver' ee-ah)

Common name: Echeveria

Family: Crassulaceae, Stonecrop

Height x width: 4-12" x 6-12"

Growth rate: moderate

Foliage: rosettes of often colorful leaves, fleshy, alternate, of various shapes often to 2" long; touching glaucous leaves may leave spots

Flowers: in racemes or panicles on long stalks from leaf axils; spreading or erect petal lobes

Light: bright to full sun

Temperature: cool to average, cool often enhances leaf colors

Watering: allow to dry between waterings, keep off rosette

Fertility: low

Humidity: dry

Soil: well-drained as cactus

Pests and Problems: soft rot, leaf and stem rots when water stands in the rosette, mealybugs

Growth habit, uses: desert/dry garden indoors, pots, terraria

Other interest: native to semi-desert areas from Texas to Central America; named for Atanasio Echeverria, a botanist involved with the 19th century Flora Mexicana

Propagation: leaf cuttings


Of the 150 or so species, the following may be most often seen.
Species foliage flowers
agavoides waxy, pale green, reddish margins red, yellow tips
ciliata dark green, red margins, bristle tips red or yellow-red
crenulata pale green, wavy or flat red margins yellowish red
derenbergii white frosted, light green bell-shaped, yellow
elegans silvery-blue, red margins pink, yellow tips
gibbiflora gray-green tinted red pale red, yellow inside
goldieana green, blunt, small points pink, green tips, nodding
harmsii light green, red margins red, orange tips
nodulosa light green, red margins red, yellow tips
peacockii white frosted, red tips/margins red, red-pink
pilosa green, white hairy, reddish stems orange red, yellow inner
pulvinata green, white hairy, red fall margins yellow, yellow-red
secunda glaucous, pale green to gray, red tips red, yellow inside
setosa green, dense white hairy red, yellow tips and inside

©Authored by Dr. Leonard Perry, Professor, University of Vermont as part of PSS121, Indoor Plants.

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