Echeveria 'Topsy Turvy'

Echeveria runyonii

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


Cactus and Succulents

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


Grown for foliage


Foliage Color:



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)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual

Suitable for growing in containers


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Bloom Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

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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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This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Brea, California

Carlsbad, 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(9 reports)

Jacksonville, Florida

Lakeland, Florida

Port Charlotte, Florida

Saint Augustine, Florida

Zephyrhills, Florida

Statesboro, Georgia

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Poughkeepsie, New York

Castle Hayne, North Carolina

Goldsboro, North Carolina

Tualatin, Oregon

Grenoble, Rhône-Alpes

Simpsonville, South Carolina

Brookeland, Texas

Dallas, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Fulton, Texas

Richmond, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

South Jordan, Utah

Quilcene, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 22, 2015, datura222 from San Jose, CA wrote:

I have noticed that this type of echeveria can handle some frost. Last year there was actually ice sheets crusting some of them and they came through without any issue! I am in zone 9b (SSzone 15, so frost can be a concern). These also flower at a time when it seems that everything is winding down so it is a welcome burst of color when it is much needed. I am now stocking up on these like crazy to fill any spot I can as I love them so much!!


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.


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.


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.


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''


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.


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.


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 Ca... read more


On Aug 30, 2005, vossner from East Texas,
United States (Zone 8a) wrote:

fast grower, do not overwater


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.