Echeveria elegans

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Echeveria elegans
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Saxifragales
Family: Crassulaceae
Genus: Echeveria
E. elegans
Binomial name
Echeveria elegans
  • Oliverella elegans Rose, 1903[2]

Echeveria elegans (Mexican snow ball, Mexican gem, white Mexican rose) is a species of flowering plant in the Crassulaceae family, native to semi-desert habitats in Mexico.


Echeveria elegans is a succulent evergreen perennial growing to 5–10 cm (2–4 in) tall by 50 cm (20 in) wide, with tight rosettes of pale green-blue fleshy leaves, bearing 25 cm (10 in) long slender pink stalks of pink flowers with yellow tips in winter and spring.[3]


Echeveria elegans is cultivated as an ornamental plant for rock gardens planting, or as a potted plant. It thrives in subtropical climates, such as Southern California

It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[4]

Like others of its kind, it produces multiple offsets which can be separated from the parents in spring, and grown separately - hence the common name "hen and chicks", applied to several species within the genus Echeveria.[3]

Flowers of echeveria elegans.


  1. ^ Rose, J.N. 1905. North American Flora. New York Botanical Garden 22: 22
  2. ^ Rose, Bull. New York Bot. Gard. 3: 2. 1903
  3. ^ a b RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964.
  4. ^ "Echeveria elegans". Royal Horticultural Society. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  • Attila Kapitany, (2009). Knowing Echeverias, Cactus and Succulent Journal, Volume 81 Issue 2.

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