Echeveria compressicaulis Eggli & N. P. Taylor
Echeveria compressicaulis is a small succulent with sprawling stems, irregularly compressed and angled by elongated, diamond-shaped, flattened sections around each leaf-scar. It grows up to 8 inches (20 cm) tall. Leaves are dark brownish-green to purplish-green, with the upper face irregularly sculptured by younger leaves' pressure. They are arranged into a rosette-like cluster towards the stem tips, up to 2 inches (5 cm) long and up to 0.7 inches (1.8 cm) wide. Flowers are bell-shaped, orange-yellow with lighter petal margins, and appear on up to 8 inches (20 cm) tall racemose inflorescences.
USDA hardiness zone 8b to 10a: from 15 °F (−9.4 °C) to 35 °F (+1.7 °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. 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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