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PlantFiles: Echeveria
Echeveria runyonii 'Topsy Turvy'

Family: Crassulaceae (krass-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Echeveria (ech-eh-VER-ee-a) (Info)
Species: runyonii (run-YON-ee-eye) (Info)
Cultivar: Topsy Turvy

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

14 members have or want this plant for trade.

Cactus and Succulents

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From leaf cuttings
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
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8 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive 1077011947 On Sep 30, 2014, 1077011947 from Greer, SC wrote:

I have grown this plant for about 5 years. IT has seen temps of 5F on two occasions and 11F on another and one day not getting out of the 30's. If kept dry this is a very hardy one. I have a large clump that just finished blooming in my xeric garden. IT has spread into a large clump covering an area of about 1x2 feet. Keep it away form foot traffic! IT is very easily damaged if stepped on or otherwise handled.

Positive RedSpirals On Nov 8, 2012, RedSpirals from Tehama, CA wrote:

My TT was left under a hanging basket and was watered far more than recommended; it thrived and grew beautiful arcs of apricot-orange-yellow bell flowers.

But, the white crowned sparrows have come back for autumn and they are eating it! Huge chunks gone! They haven't taken a bite off the E. v. Paul Bunyan next to it. Yet.

Neutral glochid15 On Mar 7, 2012, glochid15 from Parsons, KS (Zone 6b) wrote:

The plant tends to lose it's interesting leaf shape after several generations of cuttings, or at least in my experience.

Positive BajaBlue On Jul 21, 2009, BajaBlue from Rancho Santa Rita, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Interesting and unusual leaf form of thick, curved, powder gray leaves, not just the common rosette.

The tall spikes of showy coral to yellow flowers tipped with red in the summer are very pretty and long lasting.

Be careful of overwatering, fast grower.

Zone: 8-11
Height: 6-8''

Positive JoeCastleHayne On Apr 5, 2009, JoeCastleHayne from Castle Hayne, NC wrote:

I have overwintered one of these (If you trust labels at home depot) successfully in zone 8a with no protection. This winter tested the cold hardiness of many of my experiments, with numerous nights in the low teens. The lowest temp of the year was 11 F, which was preceded by a freezing rain storm, and followed by several days with highs only in the low 20s. If my plant is in fact Echeveria 'Topsy Turvy', then I would consider it much hardier than listed here. I have uploaded a picture.

Positive htop On Jan 19, 2008, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Echeveria runyonii is also commonly known as Mexican hens and chicks and is found natively in Mexico; however, this mutation originated in cultivation in California.

There is a crested form which is Echeveria runyonii cv. "Topsy-turvy" f. cristata which can be reproduced only vegetatively. Only a fragment of the crested shoot is is used for reproduction because leaves and normal shoots (non-crested) do not produce the crested trait.

Positive palmbob On Jul 18, 2006, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is one of the most commonly sold Echeverias in southern California.. i have seen it in just about every single nursery that sells any sort of succulent. This is a odd leaf form of E runyonii, which is a pale blue to white-blue leaf Echeveria with normal shaped leaves. However, this topsy turvy form is much more popular, so the 'regular' form of this plant is not nearly as easy to find. It is one of the true monstrose forms of Echeveria that 'breeds true' and won't revert back to it's natural form. It is a profuse offesetter and can create large mounds of densely crowded plants. Parent plants can get up to 10" across, but rarely do the offsets, if not removed and replanted elsewhere, do that. Showy bright orange flowers on tall arching racemes, usually in Fall here in Southern California.

Positive vossner On Aug 30, 2005, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

fast grower, do not overwater

Positive Happenstance On Sep 13, 2003, Happenstance from Northern California, CA wrote:

Interesting leaf form on this Echeveria, not just the common rosette. Be careful of overwatering, fast grower.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Brea, California
Castro Valley, California
Clayton, California
Coalinga, California
Fremont, California
Lompoc, California
Pleasant Hill, California
Reseda, California
San Jose, California
San Leandro, California
San Lorenzo, California
Tehama, California
Vista, California
Jacksonville, Florida
Lakeland, Florida
Port Charlotte, Florida
Saint Augustine, Florida
Statesboro, Georgia
Poughkeepsie, New York
Castle Hayne, North Carolina
Goldsboro, North Carolina
Simpsonville, South Carolina
Brookeland, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Fulton, Texas
Richmond, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Quilcene, Washington

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