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Echeveria compressicaulis


Scientific Name

Echeveria compressicaulis Eggli & N. P. Taylor

Scientific Classification

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


Echeveria compressicaulis is a small succulent plant, up to 6 inches (15 cm) tall, up to 6 inches (15 cm) wide and characterized by the formation of rosettes. It is polycarpic, which means that it is able to set seeds and flowers for several years across its entire lifetime. The small rosette is distinctively-formed from very dark reddish-green to almost black obovate leaves. Stems are distinctively compressed and angled by elongated flattened leaf scars. The inflorescence is a raceme up to 8 inches (20 cm) tall. Flowers are orange and bell shaped.

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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.

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. Place the plant in its new pot and backfill 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… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Echeveria


Native to Venezuela (Merida).


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