Echeveria shaviana

This species was introduced into cultivation from Mexico. It includes a great many cultivars which mainly differ in the coloration of the leaves, ranging from light brown to brownish-red. It forms a ground rosette of as many as 40 leaves. These are obovate and 4.5 cm (1.75 in) long. They are 8 mm wide at the base and 2.5 cm (1 inch) wide at the opposite end, with a pointed, upcurved tip, rounded inward above, glabrous and rounded outwards beneath, and wavy on the margin. They are grey-green with a thick bloom, acquiring a pink tinge when exposed to the sun. The inflorescences, composed of 20-30 flowers, are erect, up to 30 cm (12 inch) long and with a chalky bloom. The flowers, borne on stalks 2-3 mm long, measure 12-15 mm. They are coloured pink outside, orange inside, and the petals are keeled outside. Only mature plants bear flowers.

This Echeveria is native to the Toliman region of Mexico, where it usually grows in the shade of taller plants. It is a stem-less species; its leaves are arranged in a ground rosette. They are very densely packed, fleshy, 4-8.5 cm long, pointed at the tip and sometimes extend into a sharp, spiny point. They are completely coated with a chalky bloom. The racemose inflorescence is composed of 20-26 golden-yellow flowers. It is a very hardy species and stands up well to drought. Clay compost is a suitable substrate. It is readily propagated by seed. Propagation by leaf cuttings is poor. It is not cultivated as often as it deserves to be in view of its beauty and easy care.

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