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PlantFiles: Echeveria
Echeveria x imbricata

Family: Crassulaceae (krass-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Echeveria (ech-eh-VER-ee-a) (Info)
Species: x imbricata (im-brih-KAY-tuh) (Info)

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Cactus and Succulents

under 6 in. (15 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)
6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

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

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
Pale Yellow

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

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

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:
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2 positives
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Opoetree On Jul 14, 2007, Opoetree from Oak View, CA wrote:

We have had this plant growing in our yard for over 20 years. It mounds nicely in a large pot or grows in rock niches with panache. The color is great and blends well with other plants...the blossoms are also a cheery color and brighten any corner that they claim. Hardy, healthy, and the hang-in-there throughout freezes and drought conditions, too. Wonderful plant!

Positive palmbob On Jul 17, 2006, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a very common and popular hybrid 'species' of Echeveria (a cross between E glauca and E gibbiflora 'Metallica'), sold at most garden outlet stores throughout California (and the country, too?). The common name, Hens and Chicks, sadly does a diservice for this species, as Hens and Chicks seems to be a descriptive name of just about any suckering Crassulae that looks a bit like this (note: all Sempervivum species also called Hens and Chicks). But this species is NOT the same as in most of the photos currently on this page (July 06)- those are not even Echeverias, except the first one I added taken in California. The others are all Sempervivums, which CAN tolerate snow, cold etc. This species, however, is cold sensitive, as are most of these Echeverias, and will not survive freezing tempsfor long, except for brief frosts down into the low 20s. It is one of the hardiest of the Echeveria, but not anywhere near as cold hardy as many of the Sempervivum 'Hens and Chicks' plants, which easily tolerate snow and alpine conditions. So the zone 4 plants described here are really Sempervivums, probably.

Echeveria 'imbricata' is a cross and a very vigorous one... though it suckers nicely, it usually takes years to do so, and makes a good solitary plant for several years in the warm gardens of southern California and probably much of the southwest. It flowers multiple times a year, but mostly in late spring and mid summer, long, tall, arching flowers of hot pink and orange. The leaves are a pale blue to blue-grey, sometimes with pinkish margins in the cooler months, or when dehydrated. Plants usually are about 4" in diameter when mature, but can be a bit less or more. They do well in full blasting hot sun here in southern Californai, with temps well into the 100s, without signs of heat stress.

Editor's Note

The common name Hens and Chicks has been removed from this entry as it's confusing with Sempervivum, which is much more cold hardy.


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

Clovis, California
Corona, California
Merced, California
Oak View, California
Perris, California
Reseda, California
Richmond, California
San Jose, California
San Leandro, California
Apopka, Florida
Bonita Springs, Florida
Lakeland, Florida
North Port, Florida
Sebastian, Florida
Idaho Falls, Idaho
Addison, Illinois
Milo, Maine
Provincetown, Massachusetts
Utica, Michigan
Purdy, Missouri
Las Vegas, Nevada
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Alden, New York
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Lucama, North Carolina
Vinton, Ohio
Mercer, Pennsylvania
Copperas Cove, Texas
Premont, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Wichita Falls, Texas
Bremerton, Washington

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