Say hello to the Echeverias, an enchanting family of succulents known for their rosette-like allure.
They exhibit an uncomplicated charm, thriving with minimal water, an easy grace which has made them a favorite in many homes and gardens.
Echeveria are sun-worshipping plants, relishing four to five daily hours of sunlight and yet proving remarkably adaptable to various environments.
Their roots trace back to the arid landscapes of Central America and Mexico, but today, these succulent superstars can be spotted in garden centers across the globe.
Grouped together, they form an eye-catching container garden, each variety contributing to a stunning visual symphony.
Would you like to start your own echeveria garden? Here are 11 types of Echeverias to help get you started.
1. Echeveria Elegans
The Echeveria Elegans is a beautiful light sage green color and has the classic rose-shaped feature to its petals.
Also known as a Mexican Snowball or Hen and Chicks, this round green plant is an easy propagator. Simply pull up one of its babies to replant in another container or in your rock garden.
This little echeveria will need about six hours of sunlight per day, and it won't tolerate cold weather below 20 degrees.
So if you live in an area of cold winters, you'll want this plant in a container to move indoors during chilly months.
2. Echeveria Agavoides
Echeveria Agavoides, also known as Lipstick Echeveria, is a type of succulent that develops a red tinge on the outer edges of its petals when it's under the right amount of stress.
Its name comes from the pointed shape of its leaves that resemble agave.
Like other succulents, it prefers to have its roots completely dry before being watered again.
It's also easy to propagate and looks great in rock gardens, as long as the temperature doesn't drop below 20 degrees during winter.
3. Echeveria Runyonii
Echeveria Runyonii is also known by the common name, Topsy Turvy. This award-winning succulent is notable for its silvery green leaves, with a distinct upward curl toward the center of the plant's rosette.
This echeveria will shoot eight-inch tall stalks upward in the summer and fall that bear beautiful star-shaped yellow and orange flowers.
This particular succulent gets quite large, growing as wide as eight to 12 inches width. It is deer-resistant and pretty much disease free. A beautiful addition to any succulent planter or rock garden.
4. Echeveria Perle Von Nurnberg
Echeveria Perle Von Nurnberg has beautiful purple-ish leaves that will add a spot of color to your succulent garden.
It's a smaller plant, growing up to six inches tall and five inches wide. Like all succulents, it's drought-resistant, sun-loving, and cold weather hating.
This type of succulent is not ideal for indoor growing and prefers to thrive outdoors. However, it can't tolerate temperatures below 30 degrees Fahrenheit.
5. Echeveria Pulidonis
This slow-growing evergreen succulent is a beautiful green. But it can grow red tips much like the Lipstick Echeveria. However, the shape of their leaves is more rounded than pointed.
In spring, it will get yellow flowers, and given enough time, will eventually form a decent-sized clump in the rock garden.
This one is perfect for containers because of its clump-like, spilling tendencies.
6. Echeveria Secunda
Echeveria Secunda has leaves that are blue-green to pale blue-green. The way they grow out and around gives it a distinctive look.
When it flowers in the spring, the blooms are red which is a gorgeous contrast to the foliage color. Add it in with other greener echeverias for cool color contrast.
This Echeveria gets about six inches tall and equally as wide. Occasionally these succulents can get a light pink or red tinge to the edges of the petals in the late fall or winter.
7. Echeveria Gibbiflora
Echeveria Gibbiflora is a type of succulent known for its rosette-shaped leaves and vibrant colors.
It's a drought-resistant plant that prefers full sun and well-draining soil. The plant can grow up to 12 inches tall and produces flowers in the spring and summer.
It propagates easily, will get about 3-5" in height and around 5-6" in width. Like the other plants in this family, it's pet safe and non-toxic if ingested by accident.
8. Echeveria Harmsii
This type of echeveria is also known by its common name, Push Plant. The leaves of this plant are covered with silvery velvet hairs making it a favorite in the garden because of its furry appearance.
During the heat of summer, the tips of the leaves tend to grow red. It also attracts hummingbirds when it flowers.
As it grows up, this one actually resembles the shape of a small shrub, making it unique from many of the other styles of echeveria.
It has similar characteristics to all of the other succulents, making it easy to grow in dry climates and not as easy to grow in winter climates.
9. Echeveria Laui
Echeveria Laui is a slow-growing succulent native to the mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico.
It will eventually reach a height of about six inches and the rosettes will spread to about five inches in diameter.
It's distinctive with its whitish-pink color and peachy-colored blooms that appear mid-summer.
It has similar characteristics to other echeverias, being non-toxic, drought-resistant, and easy to propagate.
10. Echeveria Cante
This stunning echeveria forms a solitary rosette of bluish-green leaves tinged with red at the tips. It grows as tall as 18 inches and will bear yellow or orange flowers in the summer.
This particular variety is native to Mexico. It's important not to let this beautiful echeveria sit for too long in water as it is prone to fungus and rot.
Their name translates to White Cloud, referring to the silvery-white powdery coating that sometimes appear on its bluish leaves.
11. Echeveria Derenbergii
Echeveria Derenbergii, also called Painted Lady, is a stunning succulent that forms small, dense, cylinder-shaped plants.
Its stems bear cup-shaped flowers in yellow, and the leaves are adorned with red tips from late winter to summer, adding a pop of color to your garden.
This variety of succulent is easy to care for, just like other types. It can tolerate drought and loves the sun. As long as you protect it from freezing temperatures, it will thrive in an outdoor succulent garden.
Alternatively, it can also do well in containers if you prefer to keep it indoors.
The pink tips may not always show, so be sure to read what variety you're buying so get what you want from a succulent.
Putting Varieties of Echeveria Together
Echeverias come in a huge variety of colors, heights, sizes. Most bloom and some cascade.
They all propagate easily, and all are great in sunny areas. This is why it can be fun to buy a whole host of different varieties to plant together for maximum effect.
Echeverias are a great choice for areas with rocky terrain as they naturally spill over the edges, creating a beautiful and natural look.
They come in different colors and varieties, making them a versatile option for garden design.
For instance, planting different colors and varieties around a piece of stone can create a stunning visual effect.
You can buy them in different varieties to get started on your own succulent rock garden.
Echeverias Are So Varied, It's Wonderful
The echeveria family is made up of a variety of unique and special plants. When selecting which ones to add to your garden, it's important to consider their leaf shape, color, and size in relation to your planned planting area.
While this list provides a good starting point, it's worth noting that there are many more varieties available. Take some time to explore and discover even more echeverias that you love.
With so many options to choose from, you're sure to find the perfect fit for your garden.
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