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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Plant Height: 6 inches
Plant Spread: 6-10 inches
Leaves: Glaucous
Unusual foliage color
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Other: Bright orange, apricot and pink on tall arching racemes
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Wildlife Attractant: Hummingbirds
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Other info: will not come true from seed if the plant is a hybrid
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Leaf
Other: Let the cut ends dry for overnight or up to a week before potting up.
Pollinators: Birds
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Parentage: Sport of: Echeveria runyonii
Child plants: 4 child plants


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By dave on July 19, 2014

Does xeriscapic mean boring and dry looking? Absolutely not! You'll never believe what beautiful blooms are available for the non-irrigated landscape. Come in and see.

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Posted by valleylynn (Oregon City, OR - Zone 8b) on Oct 22, 2011 12:27 AM

Echeveria runyonii 'Topsy Turvy' is one of the true monstrose forms of Echeveria that "breeds true" and won't revert back to its natural form.

Echeveria runyonii is a Mexican native to rocky cliffs, discovered in the wild by Yucca Do Nursery in 1990 and named in honor of Dr. Runyon, who brought a Mexican garden specimen into the US in the early 1900s. Echeveria 'Topsy Turvy' is a unique form, named by former Huntington Gardens Director Myron Kimnack.

Dry soil and good drainage in winter are keys to survival in cold climates.

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Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Oct 29, 2017 10:00 PM

Common and stable monstrose variant of Echeveria runyonii, named by Marlon Kimnach. Like the species, a prolific offsetter and bloomer. Powder blue leaves and pink flowers in a double shepherd's crook. Distributed by the ISI in 1986 as ISI 1647. Several monstrose hybrids have been bred from this plant. Reversions exist and some have been named.

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Posted by tabbycat (Youngsville, LA - Zone 9b) on Jun 11, 2018 7:55 PM

I've had my plant 3 years and it's filled a 6" quart size pot. I love its blue-green color. Mine hasn't bloomed yet. It grows well on a baker's rack shelf under my south-facing porch, where it gets bright light all day and filtered morning sun only. I let the soil dry out before watering it about once a week with rain water I collect in a nearby rain barrel.

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