Echeveria pulvinata 'Ruby' - Chenille Plant


'Ruby' (Echeveria pulvinata) is a naturally occurring Echeveria form from Oaxaca, Mexico. It is also known as a Chenille Plant, 'Ruby Blush', 'Ruby Slippers', or 'Red Velvet' because it has a crimson, velvety coating to protect it from the intense sun of its rocky habitats.

'Ruby' is a sun-loving plant and needs protection from hard frosts, but a little bit of environmental stress like direct sun and temperatures just above freezing bring out the brightest reds along leaf margins. It is wonderfully low-maintenance whether growing in-ground or in a pot, so long as it has great drainage and gets plenty of sunshine. It usually blooms in winter by sending up flower stalks covered with orange, bell-shaped flowers.

The rosettes will stay fairly small but the fuzzy stems beneath them will continue to branch and grow up to 10" long. Fortunately, 'Ruby' propagates easily from leaf and stem cuttings, so you can keep the plant compact by cutting the stem just below a rosette, leaving to dry 3-5 days, then planting the rosette on moist, well-draining soil to re-grow roots (more info).

Color - Primary

Green / Lime

Color - Secondary

Red / Burgundy

Bloom Color

Orange Bloom

Cold Hardiness

Zone 9 (20F)

Recommended Light Conditions

Full Sun

Recommended Light Conditions

Bright Indoor Light

Maximum Height


Maximum Rosette Size


Growth Habit / Shape

Vertical Grower / Tall Stem


Blooms in Fall / Winter

Product Format

2.0" Pot

Special Characteristic

Showy Blooms

Special Characteristic

Easy to Propagate

Special Characteristic

Pet Safe