Echeveria secunda Booth ex Lindl.
Blue Echeveria, Old Hens and Chicks, Hens and Chicks, Glaucous Echeveria
Cotyledon glauca, Echeveria glauca
This species is native to Mexico (Durango, San Luis Potosi, Guanajuato, Queretaro, Michoacan, Hidalgo, Mexico City, Tlaxcala, Morelos, Puebla, and Oaxaca), usually on lava at elevations above 6,560 feet (2,000 m).
Echeveria secunda is a succulent plant that forms tight short-stemmed rosettes of pale bluish-green leaves with a fine powdery coating and edges and tips adorned with a hint of pink, red, or brown, more conspicuous in winter. It is a highly variable species with several forms that have only minor differences in the size and shape of leaves, degree of glaucousness, and the size and shape of flowers. The rosettes grow up to 6 inches (15 cm) in diameter, forming attractive clumps. Leaves are thick, fleshy, spoon-shaped, and keeled, up to 3.2 inches (8 cm) long and 1.8 inches (4.5 cm) wide. Flowers are bell-shaped, up to 0.5 inches (1.3 cm) long, and up to 0.3 inches (0.8 cm) in diameter. They are orange-red to deep pink with yellow tips and appear on arching, up to 16 inches (40 cm) long stems in late spring.
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 mealy bugs. Finally, 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, ensure the soil is dry before repotting, then gently remove the pot. Knock away the old soil from the roots, removing any rotted or dead roots. Treat any cuts with a fungicide.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Echeveria.
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