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Violet Queen Echeveria

Echeveria 'Violet Queen'

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Violet Queen Echeveria (Echeveria 'Violet Queen') at Roger's Gardens

Violet Queen Echeveria

Violet Queen Echeveria

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Violet Queen Echeveria (Echeveria 'Violet Queen') at Roger's Gardens

Violet Queen Echeveria in bloom

Violet Queen Echeveria in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  6 inches

Flower Height:  12 inches

Spread:  6 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  8b

Other Names:  Hens And Chicks

Description:

This fast growing, freely offsetting variety features rosettes of powder blue leaves with silvery-white highlights, and hints of violet-pink in bright sun or cooler weather; red flowers on stalks in spring; ideal for containers, or rock gardens

Ornamental Features

Violet Queen Echeveria's attractive succulent oval leaves remain powder blue in color with showy fuchsia variegation and tinges of white throughout the year. It features unusual spikes of brick red bell-shaped flowers rising above the foliage in mid spring. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Violet Queen 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;

  • Spreading

Violet Queen Echeveria is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Violet Queen Echeveria will grow to be only 6 inches tall at maturity extending to 12 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 6 inches. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a fast 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.

Violet Queen 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.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Rock  Garden  Groundcover  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features