Echeveria cante

$20.00

Echeveria cante usually grows in solitary, 1-2 foot, stemless rosettes of whitish blue-green leaves edged in rose pink. The leaves and inflorescences are covered with a powdery lavender-white coating called the bloom. (This plant requires special packaging for shipment. Online price includes $5 handling fee.)

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Echeveria cante

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Echeveria cante is a very pretty one, originally thought to be a form of Echeveria subrigida and is closely related to it. Echeveria cante was given separate species status in 1998. The new name honors the Cante Institute and Botanic Garden in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico.

Echeveria cante usually grows in solitary, 1-2 foot, stemless rosettes of whitish blue-green leaves edged in rose pink. The leaves and inflorescences are covered with a powdery lavender-white coating called the bloom. Care must be taken not to touch the bloom as it will scar the look of the leaves.

Flower spikes

Echeveria cante blooms in summer with 1 inch long flowers in the typical reddish-orange color of the genus. Flower spikes rise 1.5 to 2 feet tall and have multiple short side branches that bear several flowers each.

The genus Echeveria was named in honor of Mexican botanical artist Atanasio Echeverría y Godoy in 1828 by the French botanist Augustin Pyramus de Candolle. Echeverias comprise about 180 species and are native to mid to higher elevations in the Americas with the main distribution in Mexico and central America but extending as far north as southern Texas and as far south as Bolivia, Peru and possibly Argentina.

Needs well-draining soil to avoid rot in cool weather. It is best kept on the drier side in cool winter weather. The plant will fail in water-logged soils. Aphids, common in spring and summer on the inflorescences can be controlled and dislodged with a gentle water jet.

This plant is often grown in combination with other succulents in containers. It also works well in well-drained or xeriscape gardens and on rocky ledges. It makes a fantastic dry rock garden plant, especially when grown with other contrasting sedums and small succulents.

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Names and Synonyms: Echeveria subrigida, Hort., E. rosei,
Common Names: Echeveria ‘White Cloud’, Echeveria ‘White Shadow’
Family: Crassulaceae
Origin: The species is native to the Mexican state of Zacatecas, in the Sierra de Chapultepec mountains between Sombrerete and Fresnillo
Size Label: 1 Gallon
Height: 6-9″
Width: 12-24″
Cold Tolerance: 20 to 25°F , -6.7 to -3.9°C
Heat Tolerance: High heat tolerance.
Light Requirement: Light shade inland to full sun in cooler climates along the coast.
Water needs: Very drought tolerant. Looks and grows better with some irrigation during the plant’s spring to summer growing season.
Maintenance: Remove spent flower stalks and dried lower leaves as desired. Use a slow release fertilizer in spring. If pot grown, the plant should be repotted every other year in spring.
Uses: This plant is often grown in combination with other succulents in containers. It also works well in well-drained or xeriscape gardens and on rocky ledges. It makes a fantastic dry rock garden plant, especially when grown with other contrasting sedums and small succulents.
Propagation: Echeveria cante can be propagated most easily from seed. This plant will rarely offset and plantlets will also occasionally start from leaf cuttings.
Problems: Needs well-draining soil to avoid rot in cool weather. It is best kept on the drier side in cool winter weather. The plant will fail in water-logged soils. Aphids, common in spring and summer on the inflorescences can be controlled and dislodged with a gentle water jet.

Research Links:
http://www.smgrowers.com/products/plants/plantdisplay.asp?plant_id=3143
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/135383/
http://www.ruthbancroftgarden.org/rbgarden/pages/PlantHighl2010Aug2.html
http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_23593935/ruths-tips-echeveria-thrives-bay-area?source=infinite
http://www.llifle.com/Encyclopedia/SUCCULENTS/Family/Crassulaceae/22248/Echeveria_cante

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There is a minimum purchase of any 4 plants for online orders. All plants shipped bare root. Other sizes may be available for pick up from our growing grounds in Fallbrook, CA. For more information, give us a call at 760-990-4762.
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