Echeveria leucotricha J.A.Purpus
Echeveria pulvinata var. leucotricha
Echeveria leucotricha is native to Mexico (Puebla).
Echeveria leucotricha, also known as Echeveria pulvinata var. leucotricha, is a small succulent shrub with short stems tipped with rosettes of green leaves densely covered with white hairs and brown hairs at the tip. It grows to 6 inches (15 cm) tall. The leaves are thick, fleshy, oblanceolate, and upcurved, ending in a short sharp point. They measure up to 3.2 inches (8 cm) long and 1 inch (2.5 cm) wide.
The flowers are red, bell-shaped, and appear on ascending, spike-like or subpaniculate, up to 16 inches (40 cm) long inflorescences in fall and winter.
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, 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 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.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Echeveria.
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