Echeveria shaviana E.Walther
Mexican Hens, Mexican Hens Echeveria, Mexican Hens and Chicks
This species is native to the mountainous areas in northern Mexico (Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas).
Echeveria shaviana is an attractive succulent that forms rosettes of greyish-green to blue-gray leaves with whitish, wavy and crinkled margins. The short-stemmed rosettes grow up to 6 inches (15 cm) in diameter and produce offsets which form clumping mounds. Leaves take on a pink tinge in full sun. Flowers are bell-shaped, up to 0.5 inches (1.3 cm) long, up to 0.3 inches (0.7 cm) in diameter. They are pink outside, yellow to yellow-orange inside, and appear in summer on branched, up to 1 foot (30 cm) long stems.
How to Grow and Care for Echeveria shaviana
Soil: Echeverias need potting soil mix that drains quickly. Many growers will create their own mix. However, commercial cactus and succulent potting soil will work fine.
Light: These succulents prefer full sun to partial shade. However, try to avoid drastic sunlight changes and full afternoon sun, especially in summer. During the winter, when your succulents are inside, put them near the brightest window in your home.
Hardiness: Echeveria shaviana can withstand temperatures as low as 25 to 50 °F (-3.9 to 10 °C), USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b.
Watering: When and how to water is a crucial part of Echeveria care. They do not like to be kept too wet, but they also do not like to be kept too dry. The "soak and dry" method is the preferred schedule for watering Echeverias.
Fertilizing: Echeverias grow well without fertilizer but may benefit from the extra nutrients.
Repotting: Repot when needed in the spring or early summer.
Propagation: Echeverias are one of the easiest succulents to propagate. They are usually propagated from offsets or leaves, but they can also be grown from stem cuttings and seed.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Echeveria.
Toxicity of Echeveria shaviana
Echeverias are safe around pets and humans, although it is not advisable to eat them.
Cultivars and Hybrids of Echeveria shaviana
- Echeveria shaviana 'Pink Frills'
- Echeveria shaviana 'Truffles'
- Echeveria 'Black Prince'
- Echeveria 'Morning Beauty'
- Echeveria 'Swan Lake'
- x Graptoveria 'Spirit of '76'
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