In Australia, ×Pachyveria 'Flambeau' is incorrectly called Pachyphytum fittkaui, but its flowers clearly show that it is a hybrid of a Pachyphytum and an Echeveria.
×Pachyveria 'Flambeau' is a small succulent with fleshy, greenish-brown to pinkish-brown leaves arranged in rosettes at the end of short stems. The rosettes can reach a diameter of 10 inches (25 cm). As the plant ages, the erect stems become decumbent or pendent. The narrow leaves are pointed, slightly curved upwards, and measure up to 5.2 inches (13 cm) long and 1.2 inches (3 cm) wide.
During spring, the bell-shaped flowers appear on branched stalks with easily detached bracts, reaching a height of 10 inches (25 cm). The flowers are pinkish on the outside and yellowish-pink on the inside, with petals surrounded by sepals the same color as the leaves.
The hybrid name "flambeau" refers to a flaming torch, especially one carried in procession.
How to Grow and Care for ×Pachyveria 'Flambeau'
Light: ×Pachyveria 'Flambeau' requires full sun to partial shade for optimal growth. Therefore, place it near the brightest window in your home. In addition, if you plan to move the plant outside in spring, do it gradually and avoid exposure to intense afternoon sun.
Soil: Having soil that drains quickly is most important for growing a healthy succulent. While many growers prefer to create their own soil mix, commercial soil for succulents will work fine.
Temperature: High temperatures are not a problem as long as there is plenty of fresh air, but ×Pachyveria 'Flambeau' is a tender succulent and must be brought indoors if there is a risk of freezing temperatures. It grows best in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 10a to 11b, with average minimum winter temperatures ranging from 30 to 50 °F (-1.1 to 10 °C).
Watering: During the growing season, the "soak and dry" method is the preferred schedule for this plant. Water deeply and then let the soil completely dry out before watering again. Water sparingly during the winter, only enough to keep the plant from shriveling. Above all, if you have a saucer under the pot, do not forget to empty the excess water.
Fertilizing: Although it can grow well without fertilizer, ×Pachyveria 'Flambeau' may benefit from extra nutrients. Feed only during the growing season and use a water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength.
Repotting: If growing this plant in a container, repot as needed in spring or early summer, but ensure the soil is dry before you start. Also, always use a container with drainage holes.
Propagation: ×Pachyveria 'Flambeau' is easily propagated by stem cuttings, leaves, and offsets. Therefore, spring is the best time to take cuttings or separate offsets.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Echeveria.
Toxicity of ×Pachyveria 'Flambeau'
×Pachyveria 'Flambeau' has no toxic effects reported. However, although it is safe for growing around children and pets, it is not advisable to eat it.
- Back to nothogenus ×Pachyveria
- Succupedia: Browse succulents by Scientific Name, Common Name, Genus, Family, USDA Hardiness Zone, Origin, or cacti by Genus
Click on a photo to see a larger version.