×Pachyveria 'Myrtilla' is an attractive branched succulent with stems that end in rosettes of spoon-shaped, reddish-green leaves covered with a powdery bloom. The rosettes can reach up to 10 inches (25 cm) in diameter, while the stems can grow up to 2 feet (60 cm) long. The leaves turn to rich pink or mauve in winter or if the plant gets plenty of sunlight.
The flowers are bell-shaped with reddish petals covered with sepals the same color as the leaves and appear in arching clusters on tall, branched stalks, usually in summer.
×Pachyveria 'Myrtilla' is an intergeneric hybrid created in the United States, possibly from a cross between Pachyphytum bracteosum and unknown Echeveria species. It is distributed in Australia and Asian countries as Echeveria 'Violescens'.
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 that 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. The plants will require more water in winter as winter begins its active growth season. If you are unsure when to water your Pachyphytum, watch the lowermost leaves for drying signs and water them then. Pachyphytum is FAR more likely to survive under-watering than over-watering. The thick, fleshy leaves will appear wilted and slightly "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.
Forms and Hybrids
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