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Echeveria setosa (Mexican Firecracker)


Scientific Name

Echeveria setosa Rose & Purpus

Common Names

Mexican Firecracker, Firecracker Plant, Firecracker Echeveria, Hen and Chicks

Scientific Classification

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


Echeveria setosa is an evergreen succulent with numerous offsets in older plants. It has almost stemless rosettes, up to 6 inches (15 cm) in diameter, of fleshy, green, spoon-shaped leaves, up to 2.8 inches (7 cm) long and up to 0.8 inch (2 cm) wide, covered with dance white hairs. The flowers are orange-red with yellow tips and appear on up to 12 inches (30 cm) long stalks.

Photo by Werner Krell


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

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Echeveria.


Echeveria setosa is native to Mexico (Puebla).

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