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Echeveria setosa var. deminuta (Firecracker Plant)


Scientific Name

Echeveria setosa var. deminuta J. Meyrán

Common Names

Firecracker Plant


Echeveria rondelii

Scientific Classification

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


Echeveria setosa var. deminuta is an attractive succulent that produces an abundance of new offsets each season. It grows in thick clusters of blue-green, club-shaped leaves. Foliage is covered with white bristles, which turn into tufts on the leaf tips. It is commonly called the Firecracker Plant because of the bright red and yellow flowers. Rosettes grow up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) in diameter. When flowering, the bright nodding blossoms contrast nicely with the blue-green hairy leaves, making it one of the most beautiful of the genus.

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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.

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, make sure the soil is dry before repotting, then gently remove the pot. See more at How to Grow and Care for Echeveria.


Native to Mexico (mountains of Oaxaca and Puebla).


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