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PlantFiles: Echeveria
Echeveria subrigida

Family: Crassulaceae (krass-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Echeveria (ech-eh-VER-ee-a) (Info)
Species: subrigida (sub-RIG-id-uh) (Info)

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Cactus and Succulents

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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


Bloom Color:

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

Grown for foliage
Good Fall Color

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
This plant is fire-retardant
This plant is resistant to deer
Provides winter interest
Suitable for growing in containers

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

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow after last frost
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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3 positives
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive bepah On Oct 5, 2013, bepah from Brentwood, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Beware that snails appear to love this Echeveria more than any other.....mine were set back an entire year due to missing snails for 3 days......

Positive thistlesifter On Oct 6, 2010, thistlesifter from Vista, CA wrote:

The ideal ph for soil and water for this plant is on the acidic side. Like many succulents, while they will tolerate higher ph, will fare better if grown in slightly acidic soil. We use a mix of Colorado River water that at times has a high ph up to 8.5. We have learned that adding a half -1 teaspoon of acid per gal. when watering is beneficial.

Additionally we use a high acid lower nitrogen liquid fertilizer. (Dyna-Gro Bloom) is our preference. This aids in holding the true color and aids in preventing the plant from becoming outlandishly thick succulent leaves. This makes for a more graceful appealing appearance.

This plant may be grown in full sun in Southern Ca. coastal regions. We grow it in beds, where the plant is overhead protected from winter rain.

We use imidacloprid (Bayer) sometimes called Merit for insect control. we apply in early spring and whenever the Fall growth spurt begins.

This plant and its hybrids are finding favor among CA's Top Landscape contractors. I am told Several recreational parks have begun using it in their park horticulture design.


Positive palmbob On Feb 15, 2007, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is magnficent large Mexican plant is one of the largest of the species- it is a blue-green plant up to 1.5' in diameter (perhaps larger) with deeply funneled, smooth edged leaves that are somewhat 'spade' shaped. The colors change depending on the season, with purples, pinks, whitish turquoise etc. showing up. This plant rarely if ever produces offsets, but there are offsetting forms in cultivation. Plants tend to be pricey.

Though it does great in full sun near the coast, inland California summers can be brutal on this poor plant, frying it so severely that it will often expire or die from secondary rot. I prefer these in partial shade when it's over 100F.


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

Bonsall, California
Brentwood, California
El Macero, California
Norwalk, California
Reseda, California
Richmond, California
San Jose, California
Sonoma, California
Vista, California
Southold, New York

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