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Echeveria strictiflora (Desert Savior)

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Scientific Name

Echeveria strictiflora A.Gray

Common Names

Desert Savior

Synonyms

Cotyledon strictiflora

Scientific Classification

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

Origin

Native to the United States (southwestern Texas) and Mexico (Chihuahuan Desert).

Description

Echeveria strictiflora is a succulent that forms stemless or very short-stemmed rosettes of grey-green to brownish-green leaves with or without red margins. It is quite variable in the size, shape, and color of the leaves and less variable in the color of flowers. Rosettes grow up to 6 inches (15 cm) in diameter. Leaves are pointed, up to 3.6 inches (9 cm) long and up to 0.8 inches (2 cm) wide. Flowers appear in summer on usually unbranched, up to 10 inches (25 cm) tall inflorescences. They are rose near the base, yellowish-red above and orange inside. They

This species is the only Echeveria native to the United States.

The specific epithet "strictiflora" derives from the Latin words "strict," meaning "straight," and " flora," meaning "flower," and probably refers to the petals that are nearly straight at the tips.

Photo by J. Skála

How to Grow and Care for Echeveria strictiflora

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 strictiflora 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 strictiflora

Echeverias are safe around pets and humans, although it is not advisable to eat them.

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