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Echeveria dactylifera


Scientific Name

Echeveria dactylifera Walther.

Scientific Classification

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


This species is native to Mexico (Sinaloa, Durango, San Luis Potosi, Zacatecas, Jalisco and Aguascalientes).


Echeveria dactylifera is a succulent that forms a large, stemless or short-stemmed rosette of reddish to reddish-brown, slightly glaucous leaves with red margins. The rosette grows up to 16 inches (40 cm) in diameter. Leaves are elliptic-oblong, strongly concave on the upper surface, up to 10 inches (25 cm) long, and up to 3.6 inches (9 cm) wide. Flowers are pink, tinged with orange, inside yellow, urn-shaped, up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) long, and up to 0.7 inches (1.8 cm) in diameter. In winter, they appear on many short, few-flowered branches at the top of a solitary, erect, up to 3.3 feet (1 m) tall stem.

The specific epithet "dactylifera" derives from the Greek "dactylus," meaning "finger" and the Latin "ferous," meaning "bearing," and refers to the finger-like petal appendages.

How to Grow and Care for Echeveria dactylifera

Soil: Echeverias need potting soil mix that drains quickly. Many growers will create their own mix. However, commercial cactus and succulent potting soil will work fine.

Light: These succulents prefer full sun to partial shade. However, try to avoid drastic sunlight changes and full afternoon sun, especially in summer. During the winter, when your succulents are inside, put them near the brightest window in your home.

Hardiness: Echeveria dactylifera can withstand temperatures as low as 25 to 50 °F (-3.9 to 10 °C), USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b.

Watering: When and how to water is a crucial part of Echeveria care. They do not like to be kept too wet, but they also do not like to be kept too dry. The "soak and dry" method is the preferred schedule for watering Echeverias.

Fertilizing: Echeverias grow well without fertilizer but may benefit from the extra nutrients.

Repotting: Repot when needed in the spring or early summer.

Propagation: Echeverias are one of the easiest succulents to propagate. They are usually propagated from offsets or leaves, but they can also be grown from stem cuttings and seed.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Echeveria.

Toxicity of Echeveria dactylifera

Echeverias are safe around pets and humans, although it is not advisable to eat them.


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