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Echeveria gibbiflora 'Metallica' (Metallic Echeveria)

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Scientific Name

Echeveria gibbiflora 'Metallica'

Common Names

Metallic Echeveria

Synonyms

Echeveria gibbiflora var. metallica, Echeveria metallica, Echeveria 'Metallica'

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Echeveria gibbiflora 'Metallica' is a succulent with short-stemmed rosettes of metallic bronze-green leaves with pink margins. The leaves are spoon-shaped, wavy-edged, and up to 8 inches (20 cm) long and up to 5 inches (12.5 cm) wide. The racemes of bell-shaped reddish flowers are yellow inside.

Echeveria gibbiflora var. metallica - Metallic Echeveria

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °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. See more at How to Grow and Care for Echeveria.

Origin

It is an open question whether this plant has been a true species or already a hybrid produced in cultivation.

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