This plant with its pale blue-green leaves can be used as contrasting foliage in succulent plantings, cactus gardens or xeriscape plantings. It is also pretty used as edging for dry borders and in rock gardens. It can be kept in pots too, provided the soil drains well. As a houseplant it needs bright light and some direct sun and looks beautiful in a pot.
In bright light Echeveria derenbergii forms small rosettes with fleshy, glaucous light silvery blue leaves with pink tips. It quickly offsets to form clusters. In summer it blooms with short arching racemes of flowers. The inside of the flower is yellow, the outside of the petals are yellow at the base and at the edges, with reddening at the tip and along the keel, which runs down the middle. Plants usually put out several flower stalks simultaneously.
This succulent tends to lose bottom leaves on the rosettes in winter. If this happens, the rosette stem can be cut in spring and restarted as a fresh cutting.
Names and Synonyms: Echeveria derenbergii J.A.Purpus
Common Names: Painted Lady, Baby Echeveria
Origin: Native to Oaxaca, Mexico
Size Label: 1 gallon
Width: 3″ rosettes combine to form larger clumps up to 3′
Cold Tolerance: 20 to 25°F, -6.7 to -3.9°C
Heat Tolerance: High heat tolerance
Light Requirement: This succulent can take full sun along the coast, but in hotter inland areas it should be given some shade.
Water needs: Echeveria derenbergii likes moderate watering in summer, however, it can survive on rain alone in winter.
Maintenance: Remove spent flower stalks and dead leaves if desired.
Uses: This plant with its pale blue-green leaves can be used as contrasting foliage in succulent plantings, cactus gardens or xeriscape plantings. It is also pretty used as edging for dry borders and in rock gardens. It can be kept in pots too, provided the soil drains well. As a houseplant it needs bright light and some direct sun.
Propagation: This plant can be grown from leaf cuttings or offsets or cultivated from seed.
Problems: Requires well draining soils to avoid rot in the cooler months. Use cactus soil or similar soils for containers.
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