Michael Charters, www.calflora.net
A variable species grown for its geometric rosettes of evergreen leaves, this perennial succulent is native to Baja California. The fleshy, narrowly lance shaped, yellow-green leaves form broad rosettes that can reach the size of dinner plates. The leaves are sometimes dusted with a gray waxy bloom. Plants spread slowly into multi-rosette clumps, and may develop shrubby stems with age. Large open clusters of nodding, yellow or white, often pink-flushed flowers perch on tall stems in spring. The blooms...
Michael Charters, www.calflora.net
(Bright Green Dudleya, Liveforever)
A perennial succulent from California and northwestern Mexico, this variable species is known in gardens primarily by its subspecies hassei. Its evergreen rosettes of narrowly to broadly lance-shaped leaves are green or gray. Some forms of the species sucker rapidly, forming large clumps of rosettes. Older rosettes develop stems, giving plants a shrubby appearance. Open clusters of starry white, yellowish, or pink flowers perch on erect stems in spring. The fragrant blooms attract hummingbirds...
James H. Schutte
(Catalina Island Liveforever , Hasse's Liveforever)
A perennial succulent which spreads vigorously to form large colonies of colorful evergreen rosettes, this native of Santa Catalina Island makes an excellent choice for coastal California gardens. Each rosette comprises 20 or more fleshy, linear, finger-shaped leaves whose surfaces are coated with a granular silver-gray patina. Plants sucker rapidly, resulting in large clumps of rosettes. Older rosettes develop stems, giving plants a shrubby appearance. Open clusters of starry yellowish white flowers...
Fun and easy to grow the succulent perennials in the genus Echeveria comprise approximately 150 species, most of which are native from Texas and Mexico southward though Central America to northwestern South America. The genus is named in honor of Mexican botanical artist and naturalist, Atanasio Echeverría y Godoy.
The plants are comprised of beautifully hued, succulent leaves that form dense basal rosettes. The leaves come in various shapes, including tubular, linear, spoon-shaped...
Remarkable for its coral-like hues, this rosette-forming evergreen succulent was raised by Richard Graessner of Perleberg, Germany, some 75 years ago. It remains a popular variety. A hybrid of Echeveria gibbiflora 'Mettalica' and E. elegans, it produces one or more ground-hugging rosettes of spirally arranged, rounded, gray-purple leaves that shade to rosy mauve at the rosette's center. The entire rosette is dusted with a silvery patina. Each rosette may attain the breadth...
A recently introduced hybrid that departs from most other echeverias in color and form, this tender succulent forms large rosettes of thick fleshy gray-green leaves with frilly pink fringes. As with most echeverias, the broadly triangular, fleshy leaves are evergreen. They cluster in symmetrical, waxen, many-leaved rosettes that grow as wide as dinner plates. A tall spike topped with showy orange flowers rises from each rosette's center in late summer, attracting hummingbirds. Plants spread by offsets,...
(Echeveria, Mexican Gem, Mexican Snowball)
Mexican Gem is native to Mexico and has succulent leaves that form a stemless rosette. This species produces a silver-blue rosette that puts forth disproportionately long spikes of pink and yellow flowers in spring or summer. This plant is a wonderful clumping colonizer and develops off-shoot babies that spread and root where they touch soil, often giving them the name of tropical hens and chicks.
This succulent thrives in full sun and prefers dry sandy soil that is moist in summer. Occasional...
This soft little fuzzy succulent has beautiful leaf color that adds interest to small gardens and pots. It is a rosette-forming species that hails from northern Mexico. This evergreen forms small asymmetrical rosettes comprised of fleshy, football-shaped leaves with a burnished-red cast along the leaf edges. The rosette will occasionally send out pups, or lateral plantlets. As these accumulate, the plant develops a mound-like habit.
This succulent has large, beautiful flowers, but it is not a...