Gray Red Echeveria
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Plant Height: 8 inches
Flower Height: 12 inches
Spread: 24 inches
Hardiness Zone: 8b
Other Names: Hens And Chicks, syn. x Pachyveria Gray Red
This variety is very drought tolerant, producing thick-leaved rosettes of gray foliage that develops red variegation in the sun; distinctive, star shaped orange-red flowers in pendant clusters in spring to summer; ideal for containers or rock gardens
Gray Red Echeveria features unusual spikes of orange star-shaped flowers with red overtones rising above the foliage from late spring to early summer. Its attractive succulent oval leaves remain gray in color with showy brick red variegation and tinges of pink throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Gray Red Echeveria is a dense herbaceous evergreen perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.
This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Gray Red Echeveria is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Rock/Alpine Gardens
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Gray Red Echeveria will grow to be about 8 inches tall at maturity extending to 12 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Gray Red Echeveria is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the larger thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.