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Echeveria shaviana (Mexican Hens)


Scientific Name

Echeveria shaviana E.Walther

Common Names

Mexican Hens, Mexican Hens Echeveria, Mexican Hens and Chicks

Scientific Classification

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


Echeveria shaviana is an attractive succulent perennial with short-stemmed rosettes of blue-gray leaves with a pinkish tint if grown in bright light. The rosettes are up to 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter. Leaves are up to 2 inches (5 cm) long, and up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) wide and have whitish to reddish, very wavy, and crinkled margins. Flowers are pink outside and yellow inside and appear in summer on up to 1 foot long stems.

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USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °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


Echeveria shaviana is native to the mountainous areas in northern Mexico (Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon).

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