Care Of Peacock Echeveria – Tips For Growing Peacock Echeveria Plants


By: Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden

Somewhat unusual and possibly hard to find, the Peacock echeveria is a fast-growing succulent plant with rosettes up to six inches (15 cm.) across. Leaves of the rosette are streaked a silvery-blue with pink to red tips and are slightly thinner than other echeveria plants. Let’s learn more about growing a Peacock echeveria succulent.

Peacock Echeveria Info

Found under the names Cotyledon peacockii or Echeveria desmetiana ‘Peacockii,’ this plant is advertised as rare. Some sell seeds online at the same price as most sell the plants, under $5. I personally have never grown a succulent from a seed but, as a horticulturist, I assume it is possible. All my young succulents are started from leaves or cuttings. Think it through before making any purchase online and always seek out reputable suppliers.

The plant grows well in the ground year-round where temperatures allow and will soon become a matted ground cover, shooting up 10-inch (25 cm.) blooms. Happy Peacock echeverias bloom in summer on stalks with bell-shaped flowers that are a pinkish orange.

Growing Peacock Echeveria Plants

Peacock echeveria info indicates growing in partial sun or filtered shade is preferred, as it is easy to provide these delicate leaves with too much sun. It is also said to be heat tolerant when kept in these conditions.

Growing Peacock echeveria need little water in spring and summer and even less in winter. If you must bring them indoors in winter, avoid drafts or vents that may blast warm air onto the plant. You may also put them in a cool location, but above freezing, to force them into dormancy. Even less water is needed in this situation.

When growing Peacock echeveria in a container, use one with drainage holes. Plant in fast-draining soil, possibly a cactus mix amended with coarse sand or pumice. Echeveria can suffer quickly from soil that remains moist. Grow this plant alone in a container or with other succulent plants that have similar growing requirements – watch chain plant (Crassula muscosa or Crassula lycopodioides) or elephant bush (Portulacaria afra) both grow well in partially shaded conditions.

Appropriate care of Peacock echeveria includes removing dead bottom leaves as new growth shoots from the top. Fertilize these plants in spring if they do not appear in top condition. Weakened houseplant fertilizer or compost tea is recommended.

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Echeveria, a succulent with unique leafage

Echeveria is a succulent plant with surprising evergreen leafage.

Key Echeveria facts

NameEcheveria
FamilyCrassulaceae
Type – succulent plant, perennial
Height – 8 inches (20 cm) with flower

Exposure – well-lit
Soil – light, well-drained
Foliage – evergreen
Flowering – summer

The care it calls for is minimal, but these simple practices will make it look even nicer.


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Echeveria Plant Features

Succulents are super popular because they’re stylish and have low water needs. Echeveria are some of the most popular succulent types because the leaves grow out from a central point, called a rosette. This gives the plant a flower- or rose-like appearance.

The echeveria family brings a variety of colors and textures to your indoor and outdoor displays. The classic types of this succulent are blue-gray or gray-green in color. Hunt around and you’ll find green, purple, and variegated varieties, as well. Most are low-growing and topped in summer with clusters of bell-shaped flowers on tallish stems.

Indoors, echeveria’s tidy growth makes it perfect for decorating window sills, desks, and tabletops. You can’t go wrong with different echeveria types for living walls and other DIY projects. Outdoors, enjoy these plants in container gardens, as well as low-water landscape beds and borders. Because they’re so drought tolerant, you can practically plant them and forget them!

Echeveria Growing Instructions

Echeveria have a reputation for being easy to care for, and it’s true if you have the right conditions. The first thing to know about them is that they need lots of light—the brightest spot you have inside. Unfortunately, echeveria, like many succulent types, don’t do well in low light situations. Outdoors, they appreciate all-day sun or a spot with morning shade and afternoon sun.

These textural plants do have low-water needs, whether you grow them indoors or out. Water as the top several inches of the potting mix dries to the touch. How much and often that is will depend on factors such as light, temperature, humidity levels, the type of soil or potting mix, the size of the pot, and other factors.

Their low-water needs make most echeveria relatively slow growers. That said, they don’t need a lot of fertilizer. If you’d like to feed them, however, you can use any general-purpose product. Be sure to follow the directions and don’t exceed the recommendations on the product packaging.

Echeveria typically don’t require pruning except to remove the faded flower stems. (They only bloom in high-light situations if you’re growing them indoors and they don’t get enough brightness, your echeveria may not bloom.)

Note: These succulents are not meant for human or animal consumption.

Light

Indoors: High light
Outside: Part sun
Outside: Sun

Colors

Blue, Green, Orange, Pink, Red, Silver, Variegated, Yellow

Water

Special Features

Colorful foliage
Super-easy to grow

Complement your Echeveria with these varieties:

Varieties: Our Favorites

Black Prince Echeveria

Echeveria ‘Black Prince’ is a standout hybrid that bears rich purple-green foliage. Like many purple succulents, you get the better leaf color in brighter light. ‘Black Prince’ offers reddish summertime flowers. It grows 6 inches tall and wide. Zones 10-11

Deranosa Echeveria

Echeveria ‘Deranosa’ is a tidy little variety from Mexico with fleshy gray-green leaves in the traditional rosette shape you find from this genus. The flowers are yellow. It can grow 8 inches tall and wide. Zones 10-11.

Echeveria affinis

Echeveria affinis is a charming species with purple-green foliage that grows 10 inches tall and 12 inches wide. The more light it gets, the darker the leaves become. This species blooms in summer with reddish flowers. It's a perennial in Zones 10-11 and is native to Mexico.

Echeveria agavoides

Echeveria agavoides bears pointy green leaves playfully tipped in red. The pinkish blooms are just as colorful as they’re edged in golden yellow. It grows 8 inches tall and 12 inches wide. It’s native to areas of Mexico. Zones 10-11

Echeveria colorata

Easy-care and elegant, Echeveria colorata is a delightful species that forms a rosette of silvery foliage tipped in pink. It grows 12 inches tall and wide and comes from areas of Mexico. When it blooms, it shows off pinkish-orange flowers in late summer and early autumn. Zones 10-11

Echeveria elegans

Also called Mexican snowball, this species displays delightful silvery-blue foliage. It grows about 12 inches tall and wide and bears yellow-and-pink flowers over the summer in bright light. Zones 10-11

Echeveria haagai

Echeveria haagai is a fun Mexican species with thick and fleshy gray-green foliage. Its texture contrasts well with other echeveria species. The flowers are orange-red in color. It grows 8 inches tall and 10 inches wide. Zones 10-11

Echeveria lilacina

Nicknamed ghost echeveria for its pale silvery-blue foliage, this Mexican species is perfect for contrasting with varieties like ‘Black Prince’ or E. nodulosa. It produces coral-pink blooms in summer and grows 12 inches tall and wide. Zones 10-11

Echeveria nodulosa

Sometimes called painted echeveria, E. nodulosa is a distinctive species that shows off gray-green leaves edged and variegated in deep maroon red. We also love its flowers—they’re pink and yellow. Like many of the other Echeveria we grow, it’s showiest in bright light. It grows 14 inches tall and 12 inches wide. Zones 10-11

Echeveria peacockii

With a name like peacock echeveria, you’d expect this variety to be showy. And it is! E. peacockii brings silvery leaves to your indoor or outdoor displays. Originally from Mexico, this species usually grows about 8 inches tall and wide or so). It produces red-orange flowers in summer. Zone 10-11

Echeveria pulvinata

One of our favorite echeveria species, Echeveria pulvinata has fabulous gray-green leaves that are softly fuzzy. It’s relatively slow-growing and easy to care for, making it an ideal addition to sunny plantings, bright desks, or window sills. It can eventually reach about 8 inches tall and wide. Zones 10-11

Echeveria purpusorum

Echeveria purpusorum is a charming species from Mexico that offers greenish leaves often variegated with shades of reddish-purple. In summer, it shows off spikes of orange-red flowers that nod gracefully over the foliage. It grows 8 inches tall and wide. Zones 10-11

Echeveria secunda

Echeveria secunda produces an attractive rosette of silvery blue-green leaves topped by stems of reddish flowers in the summer. Native to Mexico, it’s easy to grow and reaches about 10 inches tall and wide. Zones 9-11

Echeveria setosa

Also called firecracker echeveria, E. setosa brings texture into your succulent plantings with its softy fuzzy, gray-green foliage. Like many other echeveria, it blooms in summer with red-and-yellow flowers. It grows 6 inches tall and wide. Zones 10-11

Echeveria shaviana

A dramatic echeveria from Mexico, E. shaviana shows off leaves with frilly edges. It's a distinctive and enjoyable partner for other succulent varieties. It grows 12 inches tall and wide and offers pinkish summertime flowers. Zones 10-11

Echeveria ‘Lola’ features pale gray-green leaves with a soft purple blush in bright light. It blooms in summer with orange-pink flowers. ‘Lola’ grows 6 inches tall and 10 inches wide. Zones 10-11

Perle Von Nurnberg Echeveria

Echeveria 'Perle Von Nurnberg'

‘Perle Von Nurnberg’ is an outstanding hybrid that offers purple-tinted gray-green foliage that looks good all year long. Spikes of coral-pink flowers accent the foliage rosettes on long, hot summer days. It grows 10 inches tall and wide. Zones 10-11

Princess Blue Echeveria

Echeveria ‘Princess Blue’ is a charming hybrid that bears silvery-blue-green foliage tipped in pink or purple along with pinkish-red flowers in summer. It grows 8 inches tall and wide. Zones 9-11

Topsy Turvy Echeveria

Echeveria runyonii 'Topsy Turvy'

Grow Echeveria ‘Topsy Turvy’ if you like texture! Each leave has a little curl at the tips, helping it stand out from the crowd and give plantings a visual boost. In summer, it bursts into bloom with delightful orange-and-yellow flowers reminiscent of candy corn. It grows 10 inches tall and wide. Zones 9-10

Colorful, fleshy succulents are gorgeous in planters. Use a fast-draining potting mixture that's specially designed for cacti and succulents.

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Succulents Plant Features

Succulents are some of the trendiest plants around. You often see them featured in magazines, blogs, and everywhere else (including Pinterest). It's no wonder why: Succulents offer a wonderful array of colors and textures. Plus, they're easy to grow indoors and out!

Succulent houseplants are popular plants for window sills, bright desks, and other indoor spaces where you can show them off. We're especially fond of succulents grown on living walls! As houseplants, succulents thrive in just about any container, so look for the perfect pot to play off the plant's fun colors or interesting textures. Or go bold and group a collection of your favorite succulent houseplants together in a big basin!

Outdoors, succulents are perfect for landscapes and container gardens. Most succulents are from warm-weather areas, and make for great perennials in frost-free regions. Gardeners in the North can enjoy succulents outdoors in container gardens, or treat them as high-class annuals you replace every year.

Some of the more common groups of succulents include Agave, Aloe, Crassula, Echeveria, Gasteria, Haworthia, Kalanchoe, Ledebouria, Portulacaria, and Senecio.

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Succulents Growing Instructions

Grow succulent houseplants in the brightest spot you have. They love a sunny window sill, but also thrive under bright artificial light, making them ideal accents for your desk at work or school.

Outdoors, most succulents need a spot with at least a half day of sun. Typically, the more, the better -- especially if you want to enjoy the plants' colors to their best effect.

Because succulents store water in their leaves, they don't need to be watered very frequently. Once every couple of weeks -- or less -- may suffice, depending on the variety, the size of the pot, and the amount of light and temperature it gets.

Most succulents are pretty slow growing, especially as houseplants, so you typically don't need to worry about pruning them. But you can fertilize succulents if you want for faster growth. Spring and summer are the best time to fertilize them you can use any general-purpose fertilizer. Follow the directions on the packaging to make sure you apply the right amount.

Note: While they're beautiful and easy-care plants, succulents are not intended for human or animal consumption.

Light

Indoors: High light
Outside: Sun

Colors

Blue, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, Silver, Variegated, White

Water

Special Features

Colorful foliage
Deer/rabbit resistant
Purifies the air
Super-easy to grow

Complement your Succulents with these varieties:

Varieties: Our Favorites

Agave desmettiana 'Variegata'

Agave desmettiana 'Variegata'

Also called variegated smooth agave, this palnt is perfect for container gardens. A slow-grower, it features soft blue-green leaves edged in golden-yellow. As a perennial, it can grow 5 feet tall and wide as an annual, it typically stays about 18 inches tall and wide. Zones 10-11

Agave salmiana

This agave features lance-shaped leaves tipped with sharp brown spines. It's a slow-grower that can eventually get quite large to 4 feet or more! Zones 7-10

A delightful succulent, this is also called lace allow, and features rich green leaves with white spots. It stays pretty small -- only about 6 inches. Zones 8-10

Aloe brevifolia

A fun aloe with bright orange flowers and gray-green leaves, this variety gets about 2 feet across. Zones 9-10

Bright Star aloe features gray-green leaves flushed with pink and bold reddish-orange edges. It grows about 6 inches tall and wide. Zones 10-11

This hybrid shows off silvery-green leaves delightfully decorated in silver spots. It grows 6 to 12 inches tall and wide. Zones 10-11

Aloe 'Christmas Carol'

Add color to sunny outdoor spaces or bright windowsills with Christmas Carol aloe. It has gray-green leaves boldly edged in reddish-orange. It grows 6-10 inches tall and wide. Zones 10-11

Also called tiger tooth aloe, this is an easy-care succulent that shows off bright green leaves spotted in white and edged in light-green spines. It grows 12 inches tall and wide. Zones 10-11

Minibelle aloe is an adorable, easy-care variety that offers textural green leaves and white speckles. It grows only 10 inches tall and 16 inches across. Zones 10-11 outdoors

Aloe nobilis (also called gold tooth aloe) is a showstopper with big green leaves splashed with white. It grows 16 inches tall and wide. Zones 10-11 outdoors as a perennial

Add bright color to your succulent collection with Sunrise aloe. This variety features orange-red variegation on its gray-green foliage. It grows 12 inches tall and wide. Zones 10-11

Aloe Walmsley's Variegated

Aloe 'Walmsley's Variegated'

Walmsley's Variegated is a whimsical variety that, as its name suggests, has leaves variegated with light green and cream. It's easy to grow and lovely. Walmsley's Variegated aloe grows 12 inches tall and wide. Zones 10-11

Augrabies Hills Albuca

Augrabies Hills Albuca is a tidy little succulent that has grassy leaves sprouting from a thick bulb. It produces green-and-white flowers. It grows 8 inches (20 centimeters) tall and wide.

Crassula argentea

One of the most popular succulents, jade plant develops a tree-like form over time and can grow several feet tall. It has dark green leaves and white flowers. Zone 10

Crassula 'Campfire'

Crassula capitella 'Campfire'

Campfire jade plant earns its name from the brilliant orange-red color the leaves take on during periods of cool weather. It can reach 3 feet across and thrives in part shade. Zone 10

Coral jade plant features interesting green foliage that gives it the look of an undersea creature. It's an eye-catching houseplant for bright spots or outdoors in sunny places. Coral jade grows 12 inches tall and wide. Zones 10-11 as a perennial

Crassula falcata

Crassula falcata is an adorable succulent with fleshy, flattened blue-gray leaves and clusters of reddish flowers in full sun. It grows 24 inches tall and wide. Zones 10-11

Crassula marginata 'Variegata'

Crassula marginata 'Variegata'

One of the most colorful succulents around, this variety (also called calico kitten because of its coloration) shows off gray-green leaves edged in pink and ivory. It stays low --- less than a foot tall. Zone 10

Crassula tetragona

Crassula tetragona is an easy-care, low-water succulent that almost looks like a pine tree seedling. It offers leaves that like fat needles and an upright shape. Crassula tetragona grows about 2 feet tall and 1 foot wide. Zone 10

Crinkle-Leaf Plant

When it's young, crinkle-leaf plant has short, stubby leaves. But as this succulent houseplant grows, it forms a rose-like shape with wavy leaves that give it an under-the-sea look. Zone 10

Echeveria agavoides

Echeveria agavoides is a delightful mounding succulent that has green foliage with red tips. It grows 8 inches tall and 12 inches wide. Zones 10-11

Echeveria 'Black Prince'

Black Prince echeveria is a stunning succulent with rich purple-green foliage. Like many purple succulents, you get the best color in full sun. It grows 6 inches tall and wide. Zones 10-11 as a perennial

Echeveria colorata

You'll love Echeveria colorata! It brings silvery blue-green foliage (often with pink tips or edges) and clusters of pink flowers. Superb in container gardens, it grows 8 inches tall and wide. Zones 10-11

Echeveria elegans

A small succulent, Echeveria elegans grows about a foot across and has beautiful blue-gray leaves in tight clusters. Indoors it's an excellent houseplant outdoors it's a fun groundcover in frost-free areas and a wonderful addition to container gardens. Zone 10

Echeveria glauca

Echeveria secunda var. glauca

Echeveria secunda var. glauca grows in a pretty rosette of silvery-blue foliage. Its red flowers are held on tall stems that dance above the leaves. This succulent grows 10 inches tall and wide. Zones 9-11

Echeveria lilacina

Also called ghost echeveria, and named for its intense silvery-blue color, this delightful succulent offers coral-pink blooms. It grows 12 inches tall and wide. Zone 10

Echeveria peacockii

Peacock echeveria is a showy variety that offers silvery leaves in compact clusters (to 8 inches wide or so) and red-orange flowers. Zone 10

Echeveria pulvinata

Echeveria pulvinata is unique because of its fuzzy gray-green leaves. Slow-growing and easy care, it reaches 8 inches tall and wide. Zones 10-11

Echeveria runyonii 'Topsy Turvy'

Echeveria runyonii 'Topsy Turvy'

Topsy Turvy is a fun little variety that has gray-green leaves with a bit of a curl to them, giving the plant an exceptional look. It grows 10 inches tall and wide. Zones 9-10

Echeveria setosa

Also called firecracker echeveria, this variety offers softly hairy gray-green leaves and bright clusters of flowers on tall stems that dangle above the foliage. It grows 6 inches tall and wide. Zones 10-11

Echeveria shaviana

Perhaps the most dramatic echeveria we grow, E. shaviana has gracefully ruffled silvery-blue foliage. It grows 12 inches tall and wide. Zones 10-11

Euphorbia tortilis

Euphorbia tortilis is an unusual cactus-like succulent that has bizarre, twisted new growth. It eventually can grow to become tree-like. Zone 10

Euphorbia trigona

Sometimes grouped with cacti, Euphorbia trigona is also called African milk tree. It's a fun succulent that has three-angled stems studded with rows of leaves. It can grow 48 inches tall. Zone 10

Fantastic Kalanchoe

Fantastic kalanchoe is a patented flapjacks variety that shows off red, cream, and yellow variegation in its large leaves. It grows 2 feet tall. Zones 9-10

Gasteria bicolor var. liliputana

Gasteria bicolor var. liliputana

This diminutive variety shows off small, dark green leaves spotted in light green. It prefers part shade and thrives as a houseplant. Zone 10

Gasteria brevifolia

Gasteria brevifolia (also called ox tongue) is an extra-tough succulent that has rough, textured, dark green leaves variegated with white spots. It can grow 6 or 8 inches across. Zone 10

Gasteria fuscopunctata

Gasteria fuscopunctata is a slow-growing succulent with green leaves speckled in white. It can grow 20 inches tall and wide. Zones 10-11

Haworthia acuminata

Haworthia acuminata is a slow-growing, small succulent that has translucent light green leaves. It grows 6 inches tall and wide. Zones 10-11

Haworthia 'Big Band'

Big Band haworthia is an easy-care indoor or outdoor succulent that has thick dark green leaves broadly striped in white. It grows 8 inches tall and wide. Zones 10-11

Haworthia coarctata

Haworthia coarctata is an upright growing species that has dark green leaves variegated with white. It grows 8 inches tall. Zones 10-11

Easy-care and slow-growing, 'Enon' haworthia is a must for bright windowsills and dry terrariums. It grows 4 inches tall and wide. Zones 10-11

Haworthia fasciata

Also called zebra haworthia, it derives that moniker from the bold white bands that run horizontally across its dark green leaves. This is a classic succulent houseplant and is easy to grow indoors or out. Zone 10

Haworthia glauca

Haworthia glauca is an upright-growing species with dark blue-green leaves. Like other haworthias, it likes a bright spot and well-drained soil or potting mix. It grows 8 inches tall. Zones 10-11

Haworthia limifolia

Haworthia limifolia is a slow-growing selection with mid-green leaves that have a unique texture that contrasts other succulents. It grows 6 inches tall and wide. Zones 10-11 outdoors

Haworthia pumila

Haworthia pumila is a small, tidy species with dark green leaves decorated with rough knobs. It grows 6 inches tall and wide. Zones 10-11

Haworthia reinwardtii

Haworthia reinwardtii is closely related to H. coarctata and looks similar, though it often has more white variegation. It grows 8 inches tall. Zones 10-11

Haworthia retusa

Haworthia retusa is a low-growing, mounding species that shows off triangle-shaped leaves variegated with light green stripes. It grows 4 inches tall and wide. Zones 10-11

Haworthia v. concolor

Concolor haworthia is a tidy, slow-growing succulent that brings delightful contrast with its dark green leaves and liberal white speckling. It grows 6 inches tall and wide. Zones 10-11

Kalanchoe 'Chocolate Solider'

Kalanchoe tomentosa 'Chocolate Solider'

Chocolate Soldier panda plant has soft, fuzzy, coppery-gray new growth. It can grow 2 feet tall outdoors. Zone 10

Kalanchoe farinacea

Kalanchoe farinacea bears silvery-gray-green leaves and clusters of reddish-pink flowers. It grows 12 inches tall and wide. Zones 10-11

Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi

Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi 'Variegata'

Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi 'Variegata' is a colorful succulent that has gray-green leaves variegated with shades of cream, pink, and white. It grows 18 inches tall and wide. Zones 10-11

Kalanchoe thyrsiflora

Also called flapjacks, this a bold succulent has paddle-like leaves sometimes edged in red or purple. It grows 2 feet tall. Zones 9-10

Kalanchoe tomentosa

A lovely succulent indoors or out, panda plant has fuzzy gray leaves, often edged in dots of dark brown. It can grow 2 feet tall outdoors panda plant stays smaller as a houseplant. Zone 10

Lavender Steps

Lavender steps, also sometimes called propeller plant, is an easy-care succulent that features flat, gray-green leaves often edged in purple. It can grow 24 inches (60 cm) tall.

Ledebouria socialis

Ledebouria socialis, also called silver squill or Scilla violacea, bears silvery leaves variegated with green spots. It thrives in sun or shade and grows 8 inches tall or wide. Zones 10-11

Life Saver Plant

This easy-care succulent looks like a little cactus when it's growing, and becomes a conversation piece when it blooms. It shows off yellow, star-shaped flowers with a shiny red raised ring in the center that looks like someone affixed a piece of Life Savers candy to the center. It grows about 6 inches tall and wide. Zone 10

Pinktip Succulent

This small succulent stays about 4 inches tall and shows off green leaves flushed with pinkish-purple. Zone 10

Portulacaria afra

Also called elephant bush or baby jade, this succulent is a shrubby plant with dark green leaves and red-flushed stems. It can grow 2 feet tall in time. Zone 10

Portulacaria afra 'Variegata'

Portulacaria afra 'Variegata'

Variegated baby jade plant offers delightful red-purple stems and small round white-variegated leaves. When young, it's a good groundcover as it matures, it often develops more of a bonsai look. Zone 10

Senecio ficoides

Senecio ficoides is a delightful succulent that grows upright and has narrow, finger-like leaves in a lovely shade of silvery blue. Zone 10

Senecio kleinia

Senecio kleinia, also called Senecio neriifolia, is a dramatic shrubby succulent that has gray-green leaves and structural stems. It grows 4 feet tall and wide over time. Zones 10-11

Senecio vitalis

Senecio vitalis is an interesting succulent that has long, narrow powder-blue foliage that almost looks like pine needles. It grows 12-18 inches tall and 18-24 inches wide. Zone 10

Colorful, fleshy succulents are gorgeous in planters. Use a fast-draining potting mixture that's specially designed for cacti and succulents.

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Visually Stunning Echeveria Species

These Echeveria species are know for their unique and stunning displays:

Echeveria affinis (Black Knight)

This somewhat common succulent is celebrated for its intensely dark foliage that grows from dark green into purple-black. Often touted as a succulent gift for men, it will truly be at home with any plant keeper!

This plant makes a wonderful contrast in succulent arrangements and rock gardens and keeps to a tidy maximum size of 6 inches wide and up to 5 inches tall. This plant is very easy to keep!

E. affinis has also been crossed with E. shaviana to produce ‘Black Prince,’ another deep purple-black rosette that looks fantastic in a rock garden and keeps a small stature.

  • Lighting requirements: Outside, does best in cool, full sun. In especially hot climates, morning sun may be better to avoid burning the leaves. Indoors, as close to or in a south or east facing window receiving as much light as possible.
  • Water only when the soil dries completely. Drench but do not leave soil soggy. Dry any that do get wet.
  • The soil mix should be any well-draining succulent mix.
  • Repot once it outgrows its current container or every couple of years.
  • Winter Hardy in Zones 9a-11b. Kept as an annual or overwintered indoors in other climates.
  • Propagates easily with leaf cuttings.
  • Special maintenance is primarily removing any dead leaves immediately.
  • Experience level: Intermediate.
  • Susceptible to mealybugs.

Echeveria runyonii ‘Topsy Turvy’

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This mutant form gone cultivar is best known for its “upside-down” leaves, which have an indent causing the leaves to tent. It has taken warm climate gardeners by storm with the fun texture and large size it adds to a garden!

Topsy Turvy will reach up to 8 inches tall and 10 inches wide. In late summer to early fall, it produces orange star-shaped blooms.

There is some disagreement over whether Topsy Turvy should be grown indoors. It does fabulously as an outdoor plant in warm climates.

  • Lighting requirements: Outside, full sun where it is shaded from the heat of afternoon sun. Indoors, the brightest window available. Move the plant if it burns, as its burns will not heal.
  • Water only when the soil dries completely. Drench but do not leave soil soggy. Minimal to no watering during the winter. Avoid getting rosettes wet and dry any that do get wet.
  • The soil mix should be any well-draining, gritty succulent mix.
  • Repot in the spring once it outgrows its container or every other year.
  • Winter Hardy in Zones 7b-10. Kept as an annual or overwinter indoors in cooler climates.
  • Propagates most easily with offsets pulled in the spring. It will also propagate from leaf and stem cuttings as well as seed.
  • Special maintenance is primarily removing any dead leaves immediately.
  • Experience level: Beginner.
  • Susceptible to mealybugs, vine weevil, and aphids.

Echeveria lutea (Yellow Echeveria)

Yellow Echeveria may be named for its head-turning yellow flowers, but it is just as eye-catching for its curled leaves which form a hollow needle. Since the underside of the leaves is often a different shade from the top, it develops a bi-color look due to the contrast in unrolling.

With water stress or heat, its leaves will take on deep purple and red hues. If it doesn’t have enough light, the leaves will unfurl completely and become a paler green.

This plant is small and compact, not quite reaching 6 inches wide producing tiny, yellow flowers on an inflorescence. It makes a wonderful rock garden companion.

  • Lighting requirements: Outside, partial sun or shade, may handle full sun in temperate climates. Indoors, bright light. Keep shaded for flatter, greener leaves.
  • Water only once the soil dries. Drench but do not leave soil soggy. Avoid getting rosettes wet and dry any that do get wet. This plant will do best watered regularly in the growing season but still needs its soil to dry slightly before watering again.
  • The soil mix should be any well-draining, porous succulent mix.
  • Repot in the spring once it outgrows its container or every other year.
  • Winter Hardy in Zones 9a-11b, but its full range is not established. Kept as an annual or overwintered indoors in other climates.
  • Propagates most commonly with seeds or by removing offsets.
  • Special maintenance is primarily removing any dead leaves immediately.
  • Experience level: Intermediate.
  • Susceptible to mealybugs, vine weevil, and aphids.

Echeveria ‘Cubic Frost’

Much like the Echeveria runyonii ‘Topsy Turvy’, the Cubic Frost sports upturned leaves. However, this hybrid also has silvery, powdery leaves and blushes hues of pinks.

Not only is Cubic Frost—PPAF (plant patent applied for) itself—an attractive plant all on its own, there are many varieties of Cubic Frost, quite a few patented or patent pending as well! One variety, the Cubic Frost Cristata, is a crowned purple Cubic Frost.

This is a fairly large Echeveria at up to 10 inches in diameter and 8 inches tall once matured.

No matter what variety of Cubic Frost you happen to find, it will be colorful and attractive to any passerby!

  • Lighting requirements:
    • Outdoors: morning sun shaded from the hot afternoon, may handle full sun in temperate climates.
    • Indoors: bright light.
  • Water only once the soil dries. Drench but do not leave soil soggy. Avoid getting rosettes wet and dry any that do get wet. This plant does best with infrequent watering.
  • The soil mix should be any well-draining, porous succulent mix.
  • Repot in the spring once it outgrows its container or every other year.
  • Winter Hardy in Zones 9a-11b. Kept as an annual or overwintered indoors in other climates.
  • Propagates most commonly with leaf cuttings.
  • Special maintenance is primarily removing any dead leaves immediately.
  • Experience level: Beginner.
  • Susceptible to mealybugs, vine weevil, and aphids.

Echeveria ‘Blue Curls’

Looking for a little drama on a really unusual succulent? For an Echeveria, ‘Blue Curls’ is your girl.

There’s a lot of debate and mystery as to the history of this mysterious hybrid. Its creator hasn’t been pinned down and has several suspected parents. The best guess for what it’s a hybrid of is that it may involve Echeveria gibbiflora and a sister seedling to the similar Echeveria ‘Blue Waves.’ At this time, it’s not for sure where this hybrid originated from.

In the garden, where none of that matters, this is a unique succulent almost resembling a multi-colored head of kale! It will grow up to 10 inches wide boasting pinks and blues in large, frilly rosettes. It is a wonderful accompaniment to any garden!

  • Lighting requirements:
    • Outdoors: full sun to partial shade. Should be protected from the hot afternoon sun.
    • Indoors: bright light.
  • Water only once the soil dries. Drench but do not leave soil soggy. Avoid getting rosettes wet and dry any that do get wet.
  • The soil mix should be any well-draining, porous succulent mix.
  • Repot in the spring once it outgrows its container or every other year.
  • Winter Hardy in Zones 9a-11b. Kept as an annual or overwintered indoors in other climates.
  • Propagates best from leaf cuttings and any offsets that appear.
  • Special maintenance is primarily removing any dead leaves immediately.
  • Experience level: Beginner.
  • Susceptible to mealybugs, vine weevil, and aphids.

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