Looking for resilient plants that can tolerate drought, thrive in summer's heat, and still tolerate cold snaps? Try echeveria, a large group of succulents.
Echeveria plants are grown mainly for their rosette-shaped foliage, but their flower stalks can also be striking. The plants are usually green, grey, or blue in color, but might turn pink after a drought or a cold snap. They often put out pups and can grow into a sizable clump over time. And they're easy to propagate using cuttings.
Echeveria plants do best in full sun and are fairly worry free. The worst sin is keeping them too wet during the winter months, since this promotes fungal disease problems. Some hybrid species may also need protection from cold weather.
Also on Gardening in a Minute
- Cactus and Succulent Index (Photos; Belgium)
- Echeveria--Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County (CA)
- Echeveria laui--Cactus and Succulent Society of America
- Eye-catching Echeveria--Far Out Flora
- Invite This Low-maintenance, Practical Family into Your Garden--Marin County (CA) Master Gardeners
- Succulent of the Month: Cabbages, Porcelain, and Hens and Chickens--University of California Botanical Garden