Eye Catching Echeveria

Echeveria gibbiflora cv, from our garden.

Echeveria gibbiflora cv, from our garden.

Echeveria are one of the most diverse succulents genera, at least one of the showiest….and I love showy.  They come in all leave shapes, sizes and bumps (yeah, some even look like little warts on the leaves).  Their rich texture and color can brings life to any garden.

Above is our Echeveria gibbiflora cultivar that we received back in 2008.  I would love to tell you which one, but we are still not certain on the identification.  My best guess is ‘Red Dancer’, or ‘Mauna Loa’.

From our garden, this pops next to the other succulents.

From our garden, it pops next to the other succulents.

After transplanting to San Francisco, we were without plants.  A friend of ours gave us a handful of cuttings to start, including this one featured today.  Below is a glimpse into the past and how little it was back then.

Here is our data sheet so that you can have success growing your own.

Botonical Name: Echeveria gibbiflora; Family: CRASSULACEAE

Type: EP (Evergreen perennial); Origin: Mexico

Water: IBT-MR (Infrequent but through to Moderate and Regular)

Light: FS-PS (Full Sun to Part Shade)

The little guy back in Dec 2008

The little guy back in Dec 2008. Man, it has grown in the past year.

Characteristics

Growth rate: 15” H x 36” W                          Zones: 8-11                                         Hardy to: 25°F

Form: Ground hugging, with multiples of rosettes.        Texture: Smooth.

Foliage: Solitary rosette or with a few branches.  Bluish fleshy leaves.

Flowers and Inflorescence: Branched inflorescences.  Each flower is about ¾ in diameter, red color on the outside, shades of yellow and orange on the inside.

Identifying Characteristics: Most frequently you will see a cultivar of this species which typically has a lot of character on the flat surface of the leaf or their edge to include ruffling and wart like bumps.

Uses

Landscape Uses: Ground cover, gravel gardens, rock gardens, flower borders, wall gardens, and in containers.; Cultivars: Echeveria gibbiflora var. metallica; Echeveria gibbiflora var. metallica X potosina; Echeveria gibbiflora ‘Blue Wave’; Echeveria gibbiflora ‘Carunculata’; Echeveria gibbiflora var. Mauna Loa; Echeveria gibbiflora ‘Etna’; Echeveria gibbiflora var. Arlie Wright.; Compatible Plantings: Drought and Xeriscape companions.

Care

Soil: Well drained.; Maintenance: Remove shed leaves.  Decaying leaves can harbor a fungus which can harm the plant.; Pest Problems: Fungus.; Propagation: Removal of offsets, leaf cuttings, and seeds.

Origin of Name(s): Named after Atanasio Echeverría (fl. 1771), Mexican botanical illustrator.  Gibbiflorus means humped flower.

–Matti Far Out Flora

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