Jeweled Crown, Powdered Jewel Plant
Echeveria elegans 'Gray Red', Echeveria 'Cana', Echeveria 'Gray Red', Echeveria 'Grey Red'
×Pachyveria 'Clavifolia' is an attractive succulent with short stems that terminate in dense rosettes of glaucous blue-gray leaves with slightly pointed tips. The rosettes grow up to 2.4 inches (6 cm) in diameter. Stems are up to 6 inches (15 cm) long. Leaves are fleshy, slightly upcurved, flattish, up to 1.8 inches (4.5 cm) long, and up to 0.6 inches (1.5 cm) wide. The tip and margins of the leaves have a pinkish tinge that is most prominent in full sun. Flowers are star-shaped, orange-red, and appear tightly clustered on 2 feet (60 cm) long stems, usually in spring.
USDA hardiness zone 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Pachyphytum will not tolerate frosts well. Temperatures below 20 °F (-6 °C) will kill the plant, and temperatures which may go below 45 °F (7 °C) during the extended period should be avoided. Pachyphytum tolerates high heat and intense sunlight. As with most Crassulaceae, Pachyphytum can tolerate (and even appreciate) poor soil conditions, so long as it is well-draining. Pachyphytum can thrive in full or partial sunlight.
Allow the soil to dry out before watering, and avoid getting water on the leaves. In winter, the plants will require more water as winter begins its active growth season. If you are unsure when to water your Pachyphytum, watch the lowermost leaves for signs of drying and water them then. Pachyphytum is FAR more likely to survive under-watering than over-watering. The thick fleshy leaves will appear wilted and a bit "under-full" when they need water.
Leaf-cutting entails cutting a young leaf from near the center of the rosette. Leave the leaf out in the open air for a day to allow the wound to callous over.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Pachyphytum.
This succulent is an old hybrid resulting from the cross between Pachyphytum bracteosum and Echeveria rosea, created by Jean-Baptiste A. Deleuil of Marseilles in the late 1800s.
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