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Echeveria elegans (Mexican Snowball)


Scientific Name

Echeveria elegans Rose

Common Names

Mexican Snowball, Mexican Snow Ball, Mexican Gem, White Mexican Rose, Hens and Chicks, Pearl Echeveria


Echeveria albicans, Echeveria perelegans, Echeveria potosina

Scientific Classification

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


Echeveria elegans is a popular and variable succulent with tight, evergreen rosettes, up to 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter, of usually fleshy, spoon-shaped and pale bluish-green leaves. It offsets readily to form a dense carpet of rosettes. Mature plants grown in bright sun can take on a nice pink blush. From late winter to mid-summer, it sends up slender, pinkish stems, up to 1 foot (30 cm) tall, which bear pinkish-red flowers tipped with yellow.


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

How to Grow and Care

Find a spot with full sun or partial sun. It may handle some shade, but shouldn't be kept completely in the shade. If you choose to grow it as a houseplant, keep it near a window that gets direct sunlight during a good portion of the day.

While the plant can tolerate a range of temperatures, it is recommended for USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b. Mexican Snowball can tolerate the cold better than most Echeverias. However, you should take your Mexican Snowball indoors if you expect a harsh winter.

Watering isn't a major requirement with this drought-tolerant succulent. During the summer, you may need to water it once per week. During the winter, you may barely need to sprinkle the pot or ground with water. Provide just enough water to keep leaves from shriveling. However, you don't want the plant to frequently get completely dried out. Keep an eye on the soil and the leaves. If the leaves start to develop spots or appear thinner, you may not be giving the plant enough water.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for a Mexican Snowball (Echeveria elegans).


Echeveria elegans is native to the semi-desert habitats in Mexico.

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