Native to semi-desert areas of central American, Mexico and Northwestern South American. There are about 150 cultivated varieties of the plants, one of which is probably right to you.
Highly valued for their amazing colours and variation by the collectors, with stunting leaf colour of many varieties at its most brilliant in the cooler months. Plants may be evergreen or deciduous. Flowers on short stalks arise from compact rosettes of succulent fleshy, often brightly coloured leaves. Such as white to orange to pink to red.
Echeveria species are popular as ornamental garden plants. They are drought resistant, although they do better with regular watering and fertilising. 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. If not removed, the shed leaves may decay, harbouring fungus that can then infect the plant. Need full sun and well drained soil. Free draining, porous soil is essential to prevent root rot. Good ventilation is require to prevent pest and disease risks.
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