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Echeveria 'Black Prince' (Black Hens and Chicks)

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Scientific Name

Echeveria 'Black Prince'

Common Names

Black Hens and Chicks

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Sedoideae
Tribe: Sedeae
Subtribe: Sedinae
Genus: Echeveria

Description

Echeveria 'Black Prince' is a slow and low growing, succulent plant that produces clumps of short rosettes, up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) wide, with thin, triangular and dark leaves. These leaves first emerge greenish, but darken to a deep lavender brown. With age, the lower leaves widen out up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) at the base with an acuminate tip that has fine, yellow edges. The dark red flowers appear on short stalks in late fall to early winter.

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Most of the common Echeveria species are not complicated succulents to grow, provided you follow a few basic rules. First, be careful never to let water sit in the rosette as it can cause rot or fungal diseases that will kill the plant. Additionally, remove dead leaves from the bottom of the plant as it grows. These dead leaves provide a haven for pests, and Echeveria are susceptible to mealy bugs. As with all succulents, careful watering habits and plenty of light will help ensure success.

Most Echeveria can be easily propagated from leaf cuttings, although a few are better from seeds or stem cuttings. To propagate a leaf cutting, place the individual leaf in a succulent or cacti mix and cover the dish until the new plant sprouts.

Repot as needed, preferably during the warm season. To repot a succulent, make sure the soil is dry before repotting, then gently remove the pot. Knock away the old soil from the roots, making sure to remove any rotted or dead roots in the process. Treat any cuts with a fungicide.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Echeveria.

Origin

Echeveria 'Black Prince' is a hybrid between Echeveria shaviana with Echeveria affinis.

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