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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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USDA hardiness zone 8b to 10a: from 15 °F (−9.4 °C) to 35 °F (+1.7 °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… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Echeveria


Echeveria compressicaulis is native to Venezuela (Merida).


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