Echeveria 'Blue Frills'
This succulent is a hybrid created by Renee O'Connell.
Echeveria 'Blue Frills' is a succulent plant with a delightful symmetrical leaf pattern and a brilliant blue coloration. It forms rosettes of deep peacock-blue leaves with wavy margins. The rosettes grow up to 12 inches (30 cm) in diameter. Leaves become wavier with age and take on a pink hue at the margins in full sun.
Flowers are bell-shaped, pinkish-red outside, orange inside, and appear in clusters on arching stalks in summer. The bracts on the flowering stalks also have a ruffled look.
USDA hardiness zone 10a to 10b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 40 °F (+4.4 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Most 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 Echeverias are susceptible to mealy bugs. Finally, as with all succulents, careful watering habits and plenty of light will help ensure success.
Repot as needed, preferably during the warm season. To repot a succulent, ensure the soil is dry before repotting, then gently remove the pot. Knock away the old soil from the roots, removing any rotted or dead roots. Treat any cuts with a fungicide. Place the plant in its new pot and backfill it with potting soil, spreading the roots out as you repot. Leave the plant dry for a week or so, then begin to water lightly to reduce the risk of root rot.
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.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Echeveria.
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