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Echeveria diffractens – Shattering Echeveria

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Scientific Name

Echeveria diffractens M. Kimnach & A. Lau

Common Names

Shattering Echeveria

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Echeveria diffractens is a succulent plant with flattened rosettes up to 2 inches (5 cm) tall and up 4 inches (10 cm) wide, with many broad, short, pale pinkish to gray-violet leaves that have a light thin cream outline. This is typically a solitary plant in habitat but in cultivation older plants will often be in a cluster. In late spring to early summer several unbranched, erect flowering stems are produced from the center of the rosette with congested small leaves in tight rosettes, looking like a smaller version of the main plant on short stalks. As the inflorescence ages it elongates and becomes less erect with the stem leaves easily falling off as the many pale orange flowers emerge.

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 9a to 11a: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °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.

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. Place the plant in its new pot and backfill with potting soil, spreading the roots out as you repot. Leave the plant dry for a week or so, then begin to water lightly to reduce the risk of root rot… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Echeveria

Origin

Native to Mexico.

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