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Blue Echeveria

Echeveria glauca

Family: Crassulaceae (krass-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Echeveria (ech-eh-VER-ee-a) (Info)
Species: glauca (GLAW-kuh) (Info)


Cactus and Succulents

Foliage Color:



Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

This plant is suitable for growing indoors


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)


USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

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:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall


Grown for foliage





Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From leaf cuttings

Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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


Brentwood, California

Fresno, California

Woodcrest, California

Orlando, Florida

Honolulu, Hawaii

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Metairie, Louisiana

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

South Hill, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 15, 2012, peejay12 from Porthleven, Helston, Cornwall,
United Kingdom (Zone 9b) wrote:

This is a subspecies of Echeveria secunda. As it comes from a very high altitude it is probably the hardiest Echeveria. The only problem is that plants are often mislabelled - in fact a plant may not even be the correct species.
Mine has survived -3C so far in a soil consisting of almost pure grit and gravel, but in the UK the growth is rather slow.
Weevil larvae can be a problem -- they eat the roots and damage the stems.
Wnstarr's method of growing them in the spaces of a drystone wall is probably the only way to grow these type of plants in cold wet winter climates -- I'll have to try it.


On May 17, 2007, PhilsFlowers from Ocean Park, Surrey, BC (Zone 6b) wrote:

wnstar, I love your echeverias growing in the cracks of the rocks. It looks like you have either a bit of moss or that Japanese golden-green stuff that starts with 'O'. Can't think of what it is now. The arrangement and the plants are beautiful. The plants look like they just love what you have done for them. Unfortunately, as much as I love these plants I have very little luck with them outdoors. They do well for most of the winter as they are sheltered in that part of the garden which is under the porch roof. Yes, my porch roof really does extend out over part of the garden. Then we get those bitter Arctic winds which come whistling down the Fraser River Valley and the poor things are history. Although you aren't all that far south of me, I imagine these winds have warmed somewh... read more


On May 19, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

They are native from Mexico to northwestern South America. The genus Echeveria is named after the 18th century Spanish botanist Atanasio Echeverria Codoy.


On Oct 15, 2003, wnstarr from Puyallup, WA (Zone 5a) wrote:

A great addition to a collection of succulents. The mother plants surrounds herself with little offsets. Needs excellent drainage to survive outside in western Washington state; prior to this they would rot from the winter rains. The plant has blue green fleshy smooth leaves.

Blooms in late spring into early fall. Blooms are pinkish yellow with red lip on end of flower on bloom stalk. Bloom stalk can get up to 12 inches tall covered with "lantern" looking blooms.

Propagate by removing offsets, and allow to callus before planting.