Echeveria imbricata | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

The large and attractive, densely packed, blue-green rosettes of echeveria imbricata are the main reason for its popularity, but are also the inspiration behind its common name, the blue rose echeveria. Its outer rounded ovate leaves are tinged with red on the edges, creating added warmth while, in spring, it produces tall, wiry floral stems on which loose panicles of pale pink, urn-shaped blossoms bloom. Technically a hybrid of echeveria secunda and echeveria gibbiflora, the blue rose echeveria is a hardy succulent that is capable of surviving quite cold conditions. It thrives in well-drained soil in full sun, but dislikes too much wet. It is ideal in rockeries and gravel beds.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.2
Spread [m]
  • 0.2 - 0.3
Dominant flower colour
  • Purple
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early autumn
  • Mid autumn
  • Late autumn
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • offsets
  • stem tip cuttings
  • leaf cuttings
Growth habit
  • Clump-forming
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z12-15
Heat zone
  • H12-10
Heat days
  • 150 - 210
  • well-drained
Soil type
  • sandy
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Cacti & succulents
  • Succulents
Grown for
  • Ornamental Foliage
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
Garden type
  • Indoor or winter garden
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 10 years
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PLANTS Echeveria

Echeveria is the genus of many different species and sub-species, and are a great plant to grow if you’re looking for something a little different. All of the plants that bear the name are easy to grow, and known to have very long lasting flowers. Whilst they’re easy for the novice gardener to grow, most can’t cope with temperatures lower than about 5-70 C, so either need to be moved indoors during the colder months or grown in a conservatory or greenhouse. The leaves of the plants grow in rosette formation, and the blooms flower in the summer in various shades, from coral-pink through the shades of the spectrum to yellow and red.


PLANTS Echeveria gibiflora | 0°C - 0°C beginner Full sun

An evergreen perennial, echeveria gibiflora is a typical succulent with thick and rigid foliage growing in dense rosettes. Its grey-green leaves are broad and spoon-shaped, flushed pink at their edges. Neat and attractive, its appearance inspires its common name, the earth rose. It’s also famed for the panicle of colourful flowers it produces in summer. Its tiny, trumpet-shaped blossoms have five pointed petals, pinkish-red with yellow tips that curl slightly back to create a star-shape. The earth rose needs to grow under glass in cactus compost, with regular watering when growing and some low-nitrogen feed to help it along. Move outside in summer, and return indoors as temperatures fall.

Echeveria elegans

Mexican Snow Ball

PLANTS Echeveria elegans | 0°C - 0°C beginner Full sun

As soon as you clap eyes on the Mexican Snow Ball you’ll see why its name is well earned. With silvery-grey foliage, the leaves form a round rosette, and the plant itself grows in clump formation. But while the foliage is stunning in itself, the flowers that bloom in winter and spring make Echeveria elegans a delight to grow. Yellow tipped, pink flowers make this an ever-changing plant that will never cease to amaze you. It can be grown outside with care, but being a heat lover, is better off in a conservatory or indoors, or at least being moved inside during the colder months of the year.

Plush Plant

PLANTS Echeveria pulvinata | 0°C - 0°C beginner Full sun

Echeveria pulvinata , or the Plush Plant, is a wonderfully different plant that is, surprisingly considering its exotic looks, very simple to grow. It has succulent green leaves that are tipped with red, and in late winter and spring it blooms with red and yellow flowers. You might have guessed that a plant such as this certainly doesn’t like the cold, so for best results grow in containers and move inside during the winter, or alternatively grow indoors or in a conservatory.

Echeveria secunda var. glauca

Glaucous echeveria

PLANTS Echeveria secunda var. glauca | 0°C - 0°C beginner Full sun

Echeveria secunda var. glauca, or as its also known, Glaucous Echeveria, is a succulent plant that exudes the exotic! Its leaves form silvery-grey rosettes, and in the summer time long stems erupt with yellow and red flowers; it truly is a beauty. Despite its looks, it’s relatively simple to grow, and has been bred to cope with the inclement British climate. This means that it will happily live in a sheltered position in the garden most of the year round, but will need protection or bringing indoors during the very coldest months of the year.