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Enchanting Echeverias for the Southwest – FineGardening


Echeverias (Echeveria spp. and cvs., Zones 9–11) are beloved by many gardeners for his or her lovely colours and textures. They’re rose-shaped succulents that aren’t solely drought resistant but in addition extraordinarily straightforward to take care of. They’re usually confused with hens and chicks (Sempervivum spp. and cvs., Zones 4–9), so we’ll provide you with some tips about telling them aside. We’ll additionally share a number of of our favourite echeverias and hopefully introduce you to one thing enjoyable and new so as to add to your backyard.

Echeveria vs. hens and chicks

Echeverias and hens and chicks are related in some ways, however there are a few straightforward methods to inform them aside. Hens and chicks have totally different blooming habits. Their bloom grows instantly from the middle of the rosette, not from between the leaves as with echeverias. Hens and chicks are monocarpic crops, which means that when every particular person plant blooms, it then dies. Echeverias are polycarpic, which means that they bloom yearly. Hens and chicks additionally develop in additional of a star form, whereas echeverias produce rose-shaped leaves. One final option to inform the 2 aside is by wanting extra carefully at their foliage. Hens and chicks are likely to have little hairs on the edges of their leaves, whereas echeverias have clean leaves more often than not.

Echeverias are available in quite a lot of colours, and their blooms can vary from pink to peach to white to yellow. Though echeverias can deal with reasonable adjustments in temperature, they can’t compete with the hardiness of hens and chicks. Echeverias love full solar and well-drained soil. Solely water them when their soil is dry, and belief us after we say that the simplest option to kill a phenomenal echeveria is by overwatering it. The identical might be mentioned for many succulents. Ignore them, and they’re going to love you.

Canadian echeveria
‘Canadian’ echeveria has attractive icy blue foliage that contrasts properly with virtually any shade. Picture: Laurel Startzel

‘Canadian’ echeveria

E. ‘Canadian’, Zones 9–11

‘Canadian’ produces lovely grey leaves and bell-shaped blooms. It may tolerate residing each indoors and out of doors. These crops make a phenomenal addition to any container, backyard mattress, or panorama. One pleasure about echeverias is that they produce pups, permitting you to broaden your plantings, and ‘Canadian’ isn’t any exception.

Molded wax agave
Molded wax agave is a favourite for its distinctive red-tipped leaves. Picture: Laurel Startzel

Molded wax agave

E. agavoides, Zones 9–11

Molded wax agave, additionally referred to as lipstick echeveria, is a show-off relating to foliage. That’s actually why we love echeverias a lot. It’s not for his or her blooms—it’s for his or her petal-shaped leaves. Molded wax agave has gentle inexperienced petal-shaped leaves with pink-red edges. It produces tight clusters of rosettes and is a fast grower.

Blue echeveria
Blue echeveria’s teal foliage is the proper backdrop for its pink and yellow flowers. Picture: Laurel Startzel

Blue echeveria

E. pumila var. glauca syn. E. secunda, Zones 9–11

In the event you’re on the lookout for a multiclustered echeveria, blue echeveria produces tight multirosette mounds. The leaf petals are a phenomenal mint inexperienced with deep pink suggestions and edging. We love incorporating these after we’re on the lookout for extra depth and top in our rock gardens, and the blooms are beautiful. Blue echeveria can produce tons of of little purple, jewel-like blooms.

Firecracker plant
Firecracker plant has rounded, fuzzy leaves and blooms with plenty of flowers. Picture: Laurel Startzel

Firecracker plant

E. setosa var. deminuta, Zones 9–11

We love this little man for its texture above all else. This plant grows in thick clusters, and what seem like little tough spines or glochids are literally delicate and bristle-like in texture, absolutely overlaying the leaves. Firecracker plant produces brightly coloured purple and yellow flowers. It’s a welcome addition to any tabletop container and makes a terrific floor cowl.

There are over 150 species of echeveria. With a lot range, it’s tough to select only a few favorites. In the event you discover that your native backyard facilities don’t have a lot selection, don’t be timid about buying on-line. It’s fairly wonderful how on-line retailers package deal these crops to reach unscathed. You can begin to develop your assortment in earnest by wanting past your native outlets if their provides are restricted. For extra advice on succulents to develop within the Southwest, learn on right here:

—Sheila Schultz and Laurel Startzel are a mother-daughter duo who based Denver Soiled Women Container Gardening whereas residing in Denver and have continued their enterprise since transferring to Tucson, Arizona.