Echeveria chihuahuaensis Poelln.
Cat's Claw, Cat's Paw
Echeveria chihuahuaensis is a beautiful succulent that looks like a smaller version of the related Echeveria colorata. It forms a tighter and shorter rosette with smaller, more scalloped leaves with a more pronounced tip. The rosette grows up to 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter. There are a few forms with varying degrees of pinkish edging to the bluish-gray leaves. Some clones are offsetting freely, and others do not produce offsets. Flowers are coral-pink with a yellow interior and appear on pinkish lightly-branched stalks that may reach up to 10 inches (25 cm) above the rosette.
USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °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, 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.
Most Echeverias can be easily propagated from leaf cuttings, although some are better from seeds or stem cuttings. To propagate a leaf cutting, place the individual leaf in potting soil for succulents and cover the dish until the new plant sprouts.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Echeveria.
This species is native to Mexico.
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