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Echeveria



Echeveria "Blue Curls"


     Named for the 18th century Spanish botanist Atanasio Echeverria Codoy, Echeveria is a genus of rosette producing succulents found from Mexico to northern South America. They come in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes and a few have decorative markings on the leaves. The leaves can be flat and heart shaped, sometimes with wavy edges and or bumpy surfaces, or thick and ovoid with pointed tips. Some have smooth leaves and others are fuzzy. Many hybrids abound in cultivation with names like "Painted Lady" and "Blue Heron".
     Echeverias make nice garden or potted plants in temperate climates. They are resistant to drought but grow best with regular watering and fertilizing. Most prefer light shade but a few need strong light to maintain their color and patterning. Many are fairly cold hardy but dislike extreme heat. Though they do appreciate water they still need to be planted in a fast draining mix and should be allowed to dry out between waterings. in spring and summer, mature Echeverias produce clusters of small colorfull flowers on a tall stalk.
     Echeverias can be propagated by offsets, leaf and stem cuttings and seeds. This is best done in the spring or early summer so the new plants gat a chance to root before the cold season.


I have several species of Echeveria
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Echeveria
"Blue Curls"

Echeveria pulvinata
"Ruby Blush"

Echeveria
"Black Prince"

Echeveria
purpusorum

Echeveria
nodulosa

Echeveria
"Doris Taylor"

Echeveria
"Topsy Turvy"

Echeveria
"Scarlet"

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