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Echeveria pulvinata var. frigida (White Chenille Plant)


Scientific Name

Echeveria pulvinata var. frigida Kimnach

Common Names

White Chenille Plant


Echeveria frigida, Echeveria pulvinata var. nova, Echeveria pulvinata 'Frosty', Echeveria pulvinata 'Suave'

Scientific Classification

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


Echeveria pulvinata var. frigida, also known as Echeveria pulvinata 'Frosty', is a lovely small shrubby succulent with thick stems tipped with small rosettes of green spathulate leaves. The stems and leaves are densely covered with silvery-white hairs. It grows up to 12 inches (30 cm) tall. In late winter into spring (sometime later), the arching 1 foot (30 cm) tall inflorescence holds clusters of yellow and orange, bell-shaped flowers.

Echeveria pulvinata var. frigida (White Chenille Plant) aka Echeveria pulvinata 'Frosty'

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USDA hardiness zone 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.

Most Echeveria 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 succulent or cacti mix and cover the dish until the new plant sprouts.

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. See more at How to Grow and Care for Echeveria.


Echeveria pulvinata var. frigida is native to Mexico (Oaxaca).


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