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Echeveria harmsii (Plush Plant)


Scientific Name

Echeveria harmsii J. F. Macbr.

Common Names

Plush Plant, Red Echeveria


Cotyledon elegans, Echeveria elegans, Oliveranthus elegans, Oliverella elegans

Scientific Classification

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


This species is native to Mexico (Hidalgo and Oaxaca).


Echeveria harmsii is a small succulent shrub that forms rosettes of light green leaves with red edges at the end of the branches. It grows up to 12 inches (30 cm) tall and about the same in width. Leaves are fleshy, narrow, and up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) long. Flowers are bright red with yellow tips, bell-shaped, and up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) long. They appear in spring on slender, up to 4 inches (10 cm) long stalks with some scattered leaves.

The specific epithet "harmsii" honors the German botanist and taxonomist Hermann August Theodor Harms (1870-1942).

Echeveria harmsii (Plush Plant)

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How to Grow and Care for Echeveria harmsii

Soil: Echeverias need potting soil mix that drains quickly. Many growers will create their own mix. However, commercial cactus and succulent potting soil will work fine.

Light: These succulents prefer full sun to partial shade. However, try to avoid drastic sunlight changes and full afternoon sun, especially in summer. During the winter, when your succulents are inside, put them near the brightest window in your home.

Hardiness: Echeveria harmsii can withstand temperatures as low as 30 to 50 °F (-1.1 to 10 °C), USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11b.

Watering: When and how to water is a crucial part of Echeveria care. They do not like to be kept too wet, but they also do not like to be kept too dry. The "soak and dry" method is the preferred schedule for watering Echeverias.

Fertilizing: Echeverias grow well without fertilizer but may benefit from the extra nutrients.

Repotting: Repot when needed in the spring or early summer.

Propagation: Echeverias are one of the easiest succulents to propagate. They are usually propagated from offsets or leaves, but they can also be grown from stem cuttings and seed.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Echeveria.

Toxicity of Echeveria harmsii

Echeverias are safe around pets and humans, although it is not advisable to eat them.

Cultivars and Hybrids of Echeveria harmsii


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