Echeveria gibbiflora DC.
Cotyledon gibbiflora, Echeveria campanulata, Echeveria grandifolia, Echeveria grandis
Echeveria gibbiflora is a beautiful succulent that forms short-stemmed rosettes of broad, reddish-green, more or less glaucous leaves. It is one of the largest species in the genus. The rosettes grow up to 12 inches (30 cm) tall and 16 inches (40 cm) in diameter. Leaves are spoon-shaped and up to 8 inches (20) cm long. Flowers are bell-shaped, red and yellow, and appear on up to 32 inches (80 cm) long flower stalks in fall.
USDA hardiness zones 9b to 10b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 40 °F (+4.4 °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. Finally, 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, ensure the soil is dry before repotting, then gently remove the pot. Knock away the old soil from the roots, removing any rotted or dead roots. Treat any cuts with a fungicide.
Most Echeverias can be easily propagated from leaf cuttings, although some 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.
Cultivars and Hybrids
- Echeveria gibbiflora 'Caronculata'
- Echeveria gibbiflora 'Metallica'
- Echeveria 'Mauna Loa'
- ×Graptoveria 'Fred Ives'
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