Echeveria unguiculata Kimnach
Echeveria unguiculata is a small succulent that forms rosettes of gray leaves with violet shading and small red or black tip. The rosettes grow up to 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter. Leaves are narrow, lance-shaped, curved, up to 2 inches (5 cm) long, and 0.4 inches (1 cm) wide. The stem is up to 2 inches (5 cm) tall. Flowers are pink to orange outside, orange inside, and appear on a up to 20 inches (50 cm) long stalk.
USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Echeverias make ideal potted plants but will also thrive in the ground. They need soil that drains quickly. This helps prevent moisture from rotting the roots. Many growers will create their own potting mix. However, commercial cactus and succulent potting soil will work fine.
These succulents like full sun. However, try to avoid these two things: drastic sunlight changes and summer afternoon full sun. Dramatic changes in lighting can stress plants out. If you are moving your Echeverias outside in the spring, do it gradually. The intense afternoon sun can cause sunburn. During the winter, when your succulents are inside, put them near the brightest window in your house. They will stretch if they do not have enough sunlight.
Echeverias are tender succulents. Many will tolerate several degrees below freezing, but it is not recommended to grow them in the ground if they are subjected to harsh conditions. You can keep them healthy during the cold months by moving them indoors. Then, once the threat of frost has passed, move them back outside in the spring.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Echeveria.
Native to Mexico.
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