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Echeveria pallida (Argentine Echeveria)

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Scientific Name

Echeveria pallida E.Walther

Common Names

Argentine Echeveria

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Echeveria pallida is a beautiful succulent, up to 20 inches (50 cm) tall, forming a single rosette of spoon-shaped leaves. The lax rosette is up to 1 foot (30 cm) in diameter. The stem is up to 4 inches (10 cm) long and up to 0.6 inch (1.5 cm) in diameter. The leaves are lime-green, up to 6 inches (15 cm) long and up to 3.6 inches (9 cm) wide. The flowers are scarlet to pink and appear in winter on a up to 3 feet (90 cm) tall inflorescence.

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zones 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 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, 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

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 a potting soil for succulents and cover the dish until the new plant sprouts.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Echeveria.

Origin

Echeveria pallida is native to Mexico. This plant is evidently not a hybrid, but a native locality has not yet been recorded.

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