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Echeveria lilacina (Ghost Echeveria)

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Scientific Name

Echeveria lilacina Kimnach & Moran

Common Names

Ghost Echeveria, Mexican Hens and Chicks

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Echeveria lilacina is a very attractive, slow growing Echeveria, up to 6 inches (15 cm) tall. The leaves are silvery-grey, spoon shaped, fleshy and arranged in a symmetrical rosette, up to 10 inches (25 cm) in diameter. This species is slow growing and drought-tolerant. Flowers are pale pink or coral-colored. They emerge on small short arching racemes on the top of reddish stems of about 6 inches (15 cm). Flowering period extends from later winter to early spring.

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

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

Subspecies, Varieties, Forms, Cultivars and Hybrids

Origin

Native to Nuevo Leon, in northern Mexico.

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