Echeveria secunda (Booth) (syn. E. pumila var. glauca): A much-loved and highly variable blue-green rosette from Central Mexico. The foliage has a powdery coating of natural wax (farina). This is a wonderfully vigorous grower and produces lots of offsets that are easily removed to share or transplant. Cool temperatures (around 50F) can bring a pink tinge to older leaves followed by tall bloom stalks with yellow flowers in spring. With time, E. secunda can develop into a dense, expansive mat.
Echeveria need bright sunlight to maintain their colors and compact rosette form. They will not survive a hard frost, but if there is a risk of freezing temperatures they can be brought indoors to grow on a sunny window sill or under a grow light.
Like most succulents, they need great drainage and infrequent water to prevent rot. Pick containers with drainage holes and use well-draining cactus and succulent soil with 50% to 70% mineral grit such as coarse sand, pumice, or perlite. Water deeply enough for water to run out the drainage hole, then wait for the soil to fully dry before watering again.
Also known as "Mexican Hens & Chicks", Echeveria can produce new offsets or "chicks" around the base of the mother plant. These chicks can be left to form a tidy cluster or removed and transplanted. Additionally, Echeveria can be propagated from stem cuttings or mature leaves. Look to our Succulent Cuttings Guide for more information.
Color - Primary
Blue / Blue-green
Color - Secondary
Zone 10 (30F)
Recommended Light Conditions
Filtered / Partial Sun
Maximum Rosette Size
Growth Habit / Shape
Blooms in Spring
Lots of Offsets
Easy to Propagate
THIS PLANT IS HARDY IN ZONES 10+
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