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Echeveria elegans AGM

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© Ray Jeffs 2003

Characteristics

Plant type

Cactus/Succulent, Conservatory/Greenhouse or Houseplant

Habit

Clump-forming

Resilience

Hardiness

H2 (tender - cool or frost-free greenhouse)

Colour

Flower

Pink and Yellow in Spring and Winter

Foliage

Green and Grey/Silver in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

Up to 10 cm

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

Mexican snow ball

Family

Crassulaceae


Echeveria can be evergreen succulent perennials or subshrubs with rosettes of colourful, fleshy leaves and racemes or panicles of urn-shaped flowers

E. elegans is a succulent perennial forming a clump of evergreen rosettes of spoon-shaped, whitish-green leaves and one-sided racemes of lantern-shaped pink flowers, tipped with yellow, in late winter and spring

Other common names

  • Mexican gem
  • white Mexican rose

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow under glass in a loam-based potting compost with added extra grit. Water moderately when in growth; not at all when dormant. Apply a balanced liquid fertiliser 2 or 3 times in the growing season

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Neutral or Alkaline
  • Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown as soon as ripe or by root, stem or leaf cuttings in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Patio/Container Plants or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Prone to mealybugs, aphids and vine weevils

Diseases

Generally disease free