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Echeveria runyonii

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Scientific Name

Echeveria runyonii Rose

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Echeveria runyonii is a fast-growing, rosette-forming succulent that grows up to 4 inches (10 cm) tall and about the same in diameter. Leaves are silvery-grey to pinkish-white, up to 3.2 inches (8 cm) long, and up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) wide. Flowers are bright orange and yellow and rise above the foliage on up to 8 inches (20 cm) long, arching inflorescence, usually in late summer or fall.

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 potting soil for succulents and cover the dish until the new plant sprouts. See more at How to Grow and Care for Echeveria.

Origin

According to E. Walther, Echeveria runyonii has been found in a garden at Matamoras, Tamaulipas, Mexico, as a cultivated plant and no habitat was known. Several cultivars of this species have been named: Echeveria runyonii 'Texas Rose', Echeveria runyonii 'Dr. Butterfield', Echeveria runyonii 'Lucita', Echeveria runyonii 'Tom Allen', Echeveria 'Holy Gate' or Echeveria 'Holly Gate'. These plants are not conspicuously different from E. runyonii, and the names may well be just nursery names.

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