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Echeveria desmetiana


Scientific Name

Echeveria desmetiana L.De Smet


Cotyledon desmetiana, Echeveria peacockii, Cotyledon peacockii, Echeveria subsessilis

Scientific Classification

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


Echeveria desmetiana, also listed as Echeveria peacockii, is a fast-growing succulent with stemless rosettes that grow up to 4.4 inches (11 cm) in diameter. Leaves are iridescent silver-blue and can become tipped in red. They are up to 2 inches (5 cm) long and up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) wide. The long-lasting flowers are pink-orange and appear in early summer on slender, up to 10 inches (25 cm) long stalks.

Echeveria desmetiana aka Echeveria peacockii

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

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Echeveria.


Echeveria desmetiana is native to Mexico.

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