Echeveria 'Dionysos' is a small succulent that forms compact rosettes of deep olive-green, grey-green, or whitish-green leaves with small irregular reddish-brown spots and borders. The rosettes slowly grow up to 3.1 inches (8 cm) tall and 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter. Leaves are up to 2 inches (5 cm) long and 1 inch (2,5 cm) wide. Flowers are red-yellow and appear on branched up to 1 foot (30 cm) long stalks.
Most of the plants you see labeled as Echeveria purpusorum are usually Echeveria 'Dionysos'. E. purpusorum has more slender leaves with a pointier apex, and the leaves of E. 'Dionysos' tend to be plump.
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.
This succulent is a hybrid between Echeveria purpusorum and unknown Echeveria. It is named by Jean-Michel Moullec.
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