Echeveria derenbergii J.A.Purpus
Baby Echeveria, Painted Lady
This species is native to Mexico. It occurs in Sierra Mixteca in eastern Oaxaca.
Echeveria derenbergii is a beautiful succulent that forms dense pagoda-shaped rosettes of light green, more and less glaucous leaves, often with reddish margins and tips. The rosettes grow up to 3.2 inches (8 cm) in diameter, aggressively producing offsets from a young age and forming large clumps. Leaves are thick, fleshy, obovate-cuneate, ending abruptly in a short sharp point, up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) long, up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) wide, and up to 0.2 inches (0.5 cm) thick. The cup-shaped flowers are yellow with "painted" red keels and tips and appear on pinkish-red stems from late winter to summer.
The specific epithet "derenbergii (der-en-BERG-ee-eye)" honors Dr. Julius Derenberg of Hamburg (1873-1928), a German physician and plant collector with a special interest in Mesembs.
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. Finally, 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, ensure the soil is dry before repotting, then gently remove the pot. Knock away the old soil from the roots, removing any rotted or dead roots. Treat any cuts with a fungicide.
Most Echeverias can be easily propagated from leaf cuttings, although some 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.
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