Succulents are social media darlings. On Instagram, there are over 2 million drool-worthy photos under the hashtag “succulents.” One of the most eye-catching and charming succulent species of all is the Echeveria.
Named after the 18th-century Mexican botanical artist Atanasio Echeverría y Godoy, it’s a broad genus of flowering plants from the Crassulaceae family.
Echeveria naturally thrives in semi-desert areas of Central America, Mexico, and South America. They are often added in flower arrangements as striking fillers or accents, although more and more brides are starting a trend and using succulent bridal bouquets, too.
These evergreen succulents come in a variety of vibrant colors, which are usually at their brightest hue during cooler seasons. Echeveria is a standout among other succulent types because of its unique waxy, fleshy, and rosette-forming leaves, which typically range from 2 centimeters to 50 centimeters in diameter and grow up from 2 to 4 inches in height.
Popular Types Of Echeveria Succulents
Sometimes called Echeveria shares a strong resemblance with another well-known succulent species, Sempervivum.
There are more than 150 cultivated varieties of the Echeveria succulents. The most popular types of Echeveria include:
- Echeveria afterglow
- Echeveria agavoides “Red Edge”
- Echeveria agavoides “Black Prince”
- Echeveria albicans
- Echeveria bella
- Echeveria 'Ben Badis'
- Echeveria 'Briar Rose'
- Echeveria 'Morning Light'
- Echeveria 'Barbillion'
- Echeveria 'Blue Curls'
- Echeveria 'Blue Frills
- Echeveria derenbergii
Succulent Maintenance: How To Take Care Of Echeveria Succulents
Collected by the dozens by many succulent lovers, echeverias are highly decorative and make excellent ornamental plants. They are said to be drought-resistant, save for some hybrid varieties.
To enjoy the beauty of your Echeveria for a longer period of time, follow these practical succulent care tips:
- Water only when needed. Read up on our article about How To Water Your Succulents.
- Give it an ample amount of sunlight. Place this kind of succulents near windows or take it outside your garden in the morning, if at all possible. Don’t forget to bring it back indoors before dark when the temperature drops.
- Fertilize. Apply fertilizer every two weeks from spring up to fall season with a 2-7-7 liquid fertilizer thinned by half.
Another amazing thing about Echeveria is that it’s easy to propagate through its offsets or leaf cuttings.