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Echeveria elegans
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Saxifragales
Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Sedoideae
Tribe: Sedeae
Subtribe: Sedinae
Genus: Echeveria

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Oliveranthus Rose
Oliverella Rose
Urbinia Rose[1]

Echeveria is a large genus of flowering plants in the Crassulaceae family, native to semi-desert areas of Central America, Mexico and northwestern South America.


Plants may be evergreen or deciduous. Flowers on short stalks (cymes) arise from compact rosettes of succulent fleshy, often brightly coloured leaves.[2] Species are polycarpic, meaning that they may flower and set seed many times over the course of their lifetimes. Often numerous offsets are produced, and are commonly known as "hen and chicks", which can also refer to other genera, such as Sempervivum, that are significantly different from Echeveria.

The genus is named after the 18th century Mexican botanical artist Atanasio Echeverría y Godoy.


Many Echeveria species are popular as ornamental garden plants. They are drought-resistant, although they do better with regular deep watering and fertilizing. Most will tolerate shade and some frost, although hybrids tend to be less tolerant. Most lose their lower leaves in winter; as a result, after a few years, the plants lose their attractive, compact appearance and need to be re-rooted or propagated. In addition, if not removed, the shed leaves may decay, harboring fungus that can then infect the plant.

Echeveria Carnicolor at Mount Holyoke's Botanical Garden.


They can be propagated easily by separating offsets, but also by leaf cuttings, and by seed if they are not hybrids.

Echeveria nodulosa - Painted Echeveria

Selected species[edit]

Cultivars and Hybrids[edit]

Echeveria has been extensively bred and hybridised. The following is a selection of available plants.

  • "Arlie Wright"
  • "Black Prince"
  • "Blue Heron"
  • "Blue Surprise" (E. × gilva)
  • "Dondo"
  • "Doris Taylor"
  • "Ebony" (E. agavoides cultivar)
  • "Frank Reinelt"
  • "Hoveyi"
  • "Lipstick" (E. agavoides cultivar)
  • "Oliver" (E. pulvinata cultivar)
  • "Opalina"
  • "Painted Lady"
  • "Perle von Nürnberg"
  • "Paul Bunyan"
  • "Red" (E. × gilva)
  • "Ruberia"
  • "Set-Oliver"
  • "Tippy"
  • "Victor Reiter" (E. agavoides cultivar)
  • "Wavy Curls"
  • "Worfield Wonder" (E. × derosa)
Echeveria glauca in a Connecticut greenhouse, kept at 77 degrees.
Echeveria "Perle Von Nurnberg"

"Perle von Nürnberg"[5] has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

Formerly in Echeveria[edit]

Photo gallery[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Genus: Echeveria DC.". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. 2003-06-13. Retrieved 2011-10-21. 
  2. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  3. ^ "Echeveria". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 2011-10-21. 
  4. ^ a b "GRIN Species Records of Echeveria". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved 2011-10-21. 
  5. ^ "RHS Plant Selector – Echeveria "Perle von Nürnberg"". Retrieved 18 June 2013. 

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