• Echevaria secunda
  • Echevaria secunda
  • Echevaria secunda
  • Echevaria secunda
    Echevaria secunda
    Echevaria secunda
    Echevaria secunda
    Echevaria secunda
    Echevaria secunda
    Echevaria secunda

Echevaria secunda

Blue Echevaria
Size: ex 9cm pots

Availability: In stock

£7.99

Quick Overview

  • Symmetrical glaucous rosettes with dazzling summer flowers
  • Grows larger than many other Echevarias
  • Ideal houseplant
  • Well-drained substrate and full sun
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Description

Echevaria secunda, Blue Echevaria is usually sold in the horticultural trade as Echevaria secunda var. glauca. This is now considered a deprecated synonym of Echevaria secunda - but whatever you call it - it is one of the most beautiful Echevarias with its very large glaucous rosettes and its retina-burning, gem-like flowers borne on tall elegant peduncles throughout the summer months. Freely clumping to form a large colony, the mother rosettes are quite capable of reaching an enormous and impressive 35cm across with the many offsetting rosettes extending the size even further. This is a giant and although it is often grown as a houseplant it does best spending the warmer months outside, sunning itself in a large terracotta bowl, growing even larger and spilling over the sides.

Echevaria secunda has been known in Europe since at least 1838 and its taxonomy has become quite complex with original taxonomic descriptions coming from plants in cultivation rather than in the wild. In its native Mexico it grows on highly porous mineralised substrates of igneus rock at elevations from 2000 metres up to 4275 metres above sea level. At these elevations, it experiences a great deal of cold and it is generally considered one of the most cold-tolerant of the Echevarias capable of surviving mild frosts as long as it has a perfect free-draining substrate during the winter months. This is best achieved by establishing the plants in the nooks and crannies of a south-facing vertical rock wall where its roots won't hold any winter wet and where overhanging foliage can give it extra frost protection.

Otherwise, it can be grown through winter in a cool greenhouse or it makes a perfect houseplant - on a spacious sunny windowsill or overwintered in the conservatory.

Additional Information

Order Saxifragales
Family Crassulaceae
Sub-Family Sempervivoideae
Synonyms Cotyledon glauca, Cotyledon pumila, Cotyledon secunda, Echeveria byrnesii, Echeveria glauca, Echeveria glauca var. pumila, Echeveria globosa, Echeveria gracillima, Echeveria pumila, Echeveria pumila var. glauca, Echeveria rosacea, Echeveria secunda var. byrnesii, Echeveria secunda f. byrnesii, Echeveria secunda var. glauca, Echeveria secunda var. pumila, Echeveria spilota
Geographical Origin Mexico: Hidalgo, Guanajuato, Distrito Federal, Puebla, México, Queretaro, Tlaxcala
Cultivation Well-drained, gritty, substrate. Needs little organic soil. Full sun. Usually grown as a houseplant in the UK but cold-tolerant enough to be tried in mild locations ideally on a free-draining vertical rock face or overwinter in a cool glasshouse
Eventual Height 10cm - to 40cm with the flower stems
Eventual Spread 20-35cm
Hardiness Cold tolerant. Will take brief light frosts. Can be overwintered outdoors in milder regions if you know what you're doing. That usually means growing it in the nooks of a vertical rock wall and ensuring it has overhanging foliage to protect it further

Echevaria secunda

Blue Echevaria
Size: ex 9cm pots

Availability: In stock

£7.99
You could receive 20 Palm Points for writing a review and/or rating this product.

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