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Echeveria 'Compton Carousel' (Variegated Hens and Chicks)

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Scientific Name

Echeveria 'Compton Carousel'

Common Names

Variegated Hens and Chicks

Synonyms

Echeveria x imbricata 'Compton Carousel', Echeveria 'Imbricata' f. variegata

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Echeveria 'Compton Carousel' is a succulent plant that forms attractive, up to 6 inches (15 cm) tall clumps of tight rosettes that grow up to 6 inches (15 cm) in diameter. Leaves are short, blue-gray with cream-colored margins with a hint of pink on older leaves, primarily in winter. It has beautiful orange and yellow flowers on an up to 1 foot (30 cm) tall inflorescence that rises vertically and then arches over gracefully.

Echeveria 'Compton Carousel' (Variegated Hens and Chicks)

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °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. 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 a few 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.

Origin

Echeveria 'Compton Carousel' certainly may share similar parentage to Echeveria 'Imbricata', which is thought to be a hybrid from the 1800s between Echeveria secunda (formerly know as Echeveria glauca) and Echeveria gibbiflora 'Metallica' (formerly known as Echeveria gibbiflora var. metalica).

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