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Echeveria nodulosa (Painted Echeveria)


Scientific Name

Echeveria nodulosa (Baker) Ed. Otto

Common Names

Painted Echeveria


Cotyledon bicolor, Cotyledon nodulosa, Echeveria discolor, Echeveria misteca, Echeveria nodulosa var. minor, Echeveria sturmiana

Scientific Classification

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


This species is native to Mexico (North Oaxaca and South Puebla).


Echeveria nodulosa is an attractive succulent with erect or sprawling, much-branched stems that bear rosettes of dull apple-green leaves marked with purplish-red on both surfaces and along margins. The stems grow up to 8 inches (20 cm) long. Leaves are up to 2 inches (5 cm) long, up to 0.6 inches (1.5 cm) wide, slightly concave above, keeled below, and pointed. They are rarely entirely green. Flowers are bell-shaped, rose-red, yellowish along the margins and tips of petals. They appear in summer on erect, unbranched, on up to 2 foot (60 cm) tall inflorescences.

The specific epithet "nodulosa" derives from the Latin "nōdulus," meaning "small knot or small nodule" and refers to the texture of the stems.

Echeveria nodulosa (Painted Echeveria)

Photo by Monrovia

How to Grow and Care for Echeveria nodulosa

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 nodulosa can withstand temperatures as low as 25 to 50 °F (-3.9 to 10 °C), USDA hardiness zones 9b 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 nodulosa

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


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