Echeveria (Echeveria subrigida) in the Echeverias Database

Botanical names:
Echeveria subrigida Accepted
Echeveria palmeri Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: 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 Spread: 8-24 inches
Leaves: Glaucous
Unusual foliage color
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Other: Coral
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Wildlife Attractant: Hummingbirds
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Leaf
Other: Bracts
Pollinators: Birds
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots


Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Jan 3, 2019 4:48 PM

Solitary blue-green Echeveria to 8-20 inches from central Mexico. Very attractive. Leaves are rigid and somewhat brittle, with a fold down the middle that gives them a keel. Leaves are edged with red, especially in the sun. Flowers are red or coral, but appear pink because of the powdery bloom, and orange-red or brownish yellow on the inside. Selected cultivars are available in cultivation, including the oversized "Fire and Ice".

Historically combined with and confused with E. cante, a smaller powder-blue plant with different shaped leaves which was named a distinct species in 1997. The plant distributed by the ISI in 1958 as E. subrigida was what we now know as E. cante. E. subrigida was originally credited as a parent of glaucous hybrid cultivars like "Afterglow" but that plant was what we now know as E. cante. E. subrigida absorbed the former E. palmeri, which was distinguished based on its greener color until it was found that the different amount of glaucous powder on the leaves was due to differences in exposure.

Provide excellent drainage and strong light for best form and color. Larger forms enjoy overpotting and can fill 10 inch or larger containers. Do not allow water to collect in the spoon-shaped leaves in order to avoid crown (stem) rot. This may require overhead protection of mature plants in winter-rainfall climates. Younger plants are less vulnerable to this phenomenon, but water carefully regardless.

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