Echeveria secunda (Blue Echeveria)
Echeveria secunda (Blue Echeveria) is a succulent that forms attractive clumps of short-stemmed, tight rosettes that grow up to 6 inches…
10 echeverias to grow
Echeverias are easy to grow and highly collectable – we recommend 10 to grow.
Published: Thursday, 26 September, 2019 at 8:23 am
Echeverias are easy succulents to grow, and, with so many species and varieties, you’ll soon find yourself collecting them.
To get the best from your echeverias it’s crucial you grow them in a bright, sunny spot. If not, they’ll lose their compact rosette shape as they elongate to seek more light.
Avoid overwatering by letting the soil dry out before you water again.
While they will need to be moved to a bright, frost-free spot in winter, they’ll relish a spot outdoors when temperatures allow. Don’t worry if you don’t have an outdoors location as echeverias can be grown inside all year.
For full growing advice, be sure to read our echeveria grow guide.
Check out some of our favourite echeverias to grow below.
Echeveria ‘Perle Von Nürnberg’
‘Perle Von Nürnberg’ is a lovely variety with glaucous, sunset purple foliage. As the rosette grows, it becomes almost globose in shape. In spring and summer it’ll send out flowering stems bearing clusters of coral pink blooms.
Like many other echeverias, Echeveria agavoides is native to Mexico where it grows in rocky areas. A number of cultivars have been produced to enhance the leaf colouration, including ‘Lipstick’ with bright red leaf edges, and ‘Aquamarine’ with leaves that are a cool shade of green.
Echeveria ‘Taurus’ is a striking cultivar, whose leaf colouring straddles the line between warm-toned and cool-toned. The more sun it’s grown in the better the colour will be.
Echeveria ‘Blue Frills’
It’s easy to see where ‘Blue Frills’ got its name. The blue-green leaves have ruffled edges with a standout coral margins. Looks great grown singly in a pot, even better when the orange-pink flowers appear in summer.
Echeveria ‘Tarantula’ is covered in lots of tiny hairs, which slow the loss of water from the leaves. It’ll gradually spread to form a form a small, clumped colony.
Echeveria secunda var. glauca
Echeveria secunda var. glauca is one of the larger types. As the name suggests, it produces large, glaucous rosettes and will produce pink-yellow flowers in summer. A lovely addition to the summer gravel garden.
Echeveria ‘Compton Carousel’
‘Compton Carousel’ has striking, variegated leaves with creamy margins and pale green centres. The leaves are more cupped than many other echeverias, giving the rosettes a more balled shape.
This species has lovely plump leaves that are particularly glaucous, giving them a frosted appearance. More unusually for an echeveria, the rosettes of this species form small columns as they mature.
Echeveria elegans, commonly known as the Mexican snowball, has pale, blue-green, balled rosettes. As it grows it’ll produce lots of offsets, so is perfect for growing in a wide container with plenty of room to expand.
Echeveria colorata f. lindsayana
This ghostly echeveria has especially pale foliage, with leaf tips that are flushed with magenta. Looks especially good planted with darkly coloured succulents, which will complement the purple-pink leaf tips.
Plants→Echeverias→Echeveria 'Blue Wren'
|Plant Habit:||Cactus/Succulent |
|Life cycle:||Perennial |
|Sun Requirements:||Full Sun to Partial Shade |
|Soil pH Preferences:||Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0) |
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
|Flower Color:||Bi-Color: Red with yellow mouths |
|Bloom Size:||Under 1" |
|Flower Time:||Spring |
Late spring or early summer
|Suitable Locations:||Xeriscapic |
|Wildlife Attractant:||Hummingbirds |
|Propagation: Seeds:||Will not come true from seed |
|Propagation: Other methods:||Cuttings: Leaf |
|Containers:||Needs excellent drainage in pots |
Preferred depth: No more than 3-4 inches
Smallish blue--green, somewhat glaucous Echeveria hybrid with many flat leaves. Flowers are small and orange--red with yellow mouths. The color and the degree of glaucousness vary with the season and the exposure. Best color with direct outdoor sun. Each rosette may grow to about 5-6 inches maximum and will form clumps over time, making this an easy plant to propagate. Roots are shallow, so do not use a deep pot. Bred in Australia.
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