Echeveria subrigida (Robins. & Seaton) Rose ex Britton & Rose
Cotyledon subrigida, Cotyledon subrigidum, Echeveria angusta, Echeveria palmeri, Echeveria rosei
Echeveria subrigida is a beautiful succulent that forms rosettes of blue-green leaves highlighted with a thin pink or rose border. The rosettes grow up to 18 inches (45 cm) in diameter. Leaves are thick, fleshy, and spade-shaped. In late spring into mid-summer, slender, up to 12 inches (30 cm) tall spikes rise from the center of each rosette, producing cymes of milky-blue buds that gradually age to tubular, coral-pink flowers. Orange tones inside add to the charm of these up to one inch (2.5 cm) long flowers.
USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °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.
Repot as needed, preferably during the warm season. To repot a succulent, ensure the soil is dry before repotting, then gently remove the pot. Knock away the old soil from the roots, removing 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.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Echeveria.
This species is native to Mexico (San Luis Potosí, Guanajuato, Querétaro, Hidalgo, México, Michoacán).
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