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Echeveria gibbiflora var. metallica (Metallic Echeveria)


Scientific Name

Echeveria gibbiflora var. metallica (Lem.) E.Morren

Common Names

Metallic Echeveria


Echeveria gibbiflora ‘Metallica’

Scientific Classification

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


Echeveria gibbiflora var. metallica is a is the natural cultivar of Echeveria gibbiflora. It is succulent evergreen perennial with short-stemmed rosettes of spoon-shaped, wavy-edged, metallic bronze-green leaves with pink margins, up to 8 inches (20 cm) long. Racemes of bell-shaped reddish flowers are yellow inside.

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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


Native to Mexico and Guatemala.


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