Echeveria setosa var. deminuta J. Meyrán
The varietal epithet "deminuta (dee-MIN-yoo-tuh)" means "diminished, lessened, reduced" and refers to the smaller size of the rosettes compared to the other varieties of the same species.
Echeveria setosa var. deminuta is native to Mexico. It grows in rocky soil in the Sierra Mixteca mountains in Oaxaca.
Echeveria setosa var. deminuta is an attractive succulent that forms small rosettes of club-shaped blue-green leaves with few white bristles, usually in a tuft at the tip but sometimes also scattered on margins or keel or elsewhere on the dorsal surface. The rosettes are up to 2.8 inches (7 cm) in diameter, usually smaller, and produce an abundance of new offsets each season, forming a dense clump.
The bright red flowers with yellow tips contrast nicely with the blue-green hairy leaves when blooming, making this species one of the most beautiful in the genus. They appear in clusters on leafy, smooth to moderately hairy, up to 6.4 inches (16 cm) tall stalks in summer.
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.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Echeveria.
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