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Echeveria elegans

Mexican snowball

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Key information

Plant type

Tender perennial

Flower colour

Pink

Feature

Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Hardiness

Tender

Skill level

Experienced

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Plant details

This clump-forming perennial with fleshy, succulent leaves can spread to create a carpet of foliage. Its key feature is its silver-blue foliage in rosettes and it makes a good alternative bedding plant. The yellow-tipped, pink flowers hang from the top of long stalks in summer. It grows in sunny spots in well-drained soil and needs to be kept dry in winter. Though it does not tolerate very low temperatures it can be hardy in some areas.

Family: Crassulaceae

Genus: Echeveria

Species: elegans

Plant type: Tender perennial

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Silver

Feature: Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Sandy

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 50cm

Spread: 50cm

Time to divide plants: May to August


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