Echeveria purpusorum (Rose) A.Berger
Echeveria purpusorum is a small succulent with tight, usually solitary rosettes that occasionally produce few offsets. The rosettes slowly grow up to 3.2 inches (8 cm) tall and up to 3.2 inches (8 cm) in diameter. Leaves are deep olive-green, grey-green, or white-green and mottled with small, irregular reddish-brown spots. They are ovate or triangular-ovate, sharp-edged, up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) long, and up to 1 inch (2,5 cm) wide. Flowers are scarlet red with yellow tips and appear in late spring on an up to 12 inches (30 cm) long stem.
This species is rare. Most of the plants you see labeled as E. purpusorum are usually hybrids. There are several more or less similar hybrids. One of them is Echeveria 'Dionysos'. E. purpusorum has more slender leaves with a pointier apex, while the leaves of E. 'Dionysos' tend to be plump.
USDA hardiness zone 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °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.
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. See more at How to Grow and Care for Echeveria.
Native to Mexico (Puebla and Oaxaca).
- Echeveria 'Belle Etoile'
- Echeveria 'Ben Badis'
- Echeveria 'Dionysos'
- Echeveria 'Fabiola'
- Echeveria 'Shamrock'
- x Graptoveria 'Amethorum'
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