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ECHEVERIA elegans

Image of Echeveria elegans

Grandiflora

Family

Crassulaceae

Botanical Name

ECHEVERIA elegans

Plant Common Name

Echeveria, Mexican Gem, Mexican Snowball

General Description

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 watering is necessary, but overwatering is detrimental, especially in winter or in shade. In hottest climates, afternoon shade will prevent leaf scorching. Use Mexican gem as a sunny window houseplant, outdoors in a rock garden, as an edging, or to create patterns in a rockery, dish garden or annual bed.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 9

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Cactus or Succulent

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    3"-5" / 7.6cm - 12.7cm

  • Width

    6"-8" / 15.2cm - 20.3cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Mexico

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Xeric/Desert, Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Rosette/Stemless

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Pink

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Blue, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Blue, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Blue, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Blue, Pink, Silver

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Groundcover, Houseplant, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No