Echeveria

This is another sun loving water hating succulent from Mexico. I was surprised to find it not only winters over in warmer years, but survived several hard freezes last winter. It will stay compact and has a slight blue tinge to its leaves. Keep people from touching it, it will mar the leaves. But they will fix themselves. They do flower on spikes which can become quite long. They do well under fluorescent lights making them a good office plant. But they will need some time with regular sunlight to flower.

It is not supposed to survive our cold, yet it has done just fine, including surviving several hard frosts last winter.

Flowers will come on long stems about a foot long rising from the middle of the plant. Blooms usually come between Thanksgiving and Christmas and last until the first frost.

In the summer they prefer regular watering but will rot if too wet in the winter. They can do well in the shade as well just keep an eye on the water. Lower leaves can be lost in the winter and while it won’t harm the plant it may make it less pretty. Drought tolerant once established.

On a side note silvery plants do not as a rule do well in humid climates. The little hairs/fuzz that makes them silver are there to help them retain more moisture in dry climates.

Echeveria propagates much like a spider plant, new rosettes form on long stalks that drop to the ground to allow the rosettes to root.

Died during the summer 2011 drought and extreme temperatures.

This plant was only recently discovered in 1974.

See also:
Peter Lapshin’s succulent site has a ton of pictures if you are looking to figure out exactly which Echeveria you have