Echeverias are rosette forming succulents and flower like heads can be only a centimetre or two across or giants with heads up to 60cm.
Flower stems appear generally in the summer months with tall upright spikes each
carrying a number of upside down flowers ranging from 3mm to 20mm long.
Flowers stems can be attractive when first open but in some species becomes messy
after a month or two and can be removed for cosmetic reasons.
Over the years intensive hybridising has developed many new echeveria forms,
some from improving original species and others from the crossings of different species.
In some cases these hybrids have involved intergeneric crossings.
Some examples are.
Echeveria x Pachyphytum = Pachyveria
Sedum x Echeveria = Sedeveria
Graptopetalum x Echeveria = Graptoveria
My Echeverias measures 26cm high and 23 cm wide.
Perhaps a Pachyveria scheideki??
I found this plant in a small variety store nearby with no tags attached.
Echeverien sind meist immergrüne, mehrjährige, sukkulente Pflanzen, die mehr oder weniger dichte stammlose oder am Ende von Trieben befindliche Blattrosetten bilden. Viele Arten bilden auch kleine Sträucher. Die Blätter sind dickfleischig. Die Stängel der Blütenstände werden seitlich in Blattachseln gebildet. Die Blütenstände haben fleischige Hochblätter und variieren von verzweigten Thyrsen bis einfachen Trauben mit allen Übergängen. Die radiärsymmetrischen, fünfzähligen Blüten sind rot, orange, rosa, seltener gelblich. Die Sepalen und Petalen sind kantig bis gekielt und basal röhrig verwachsen; die Blütenhülle ist dadurch glocken- bis krugförmig.
Echeveria is a large genus of succulents in the Crassulaceae family, native from Mexico to northwestern South America.
The genus is named after the 18th century Mexican botanical artist, Atanasio Echeverría y Godoy.
Many of the species produce numerous offsets, and are commonly known as 'Hen and chicks', which can also refer to other genera such as Sempervivum that are significantly different from Echeveria.
Many Echeveria species are popular as garden plants. They are drought resistant, although they do better with regular deep watering and fertilizing. Most will tolerate shade and some frost, although hybrid species tend to be less tolerant. They can be propagated easily by separating offsets, but may also be propagated by leaf cuttings, and by seed if they are not hybrids. Echeverias are polycarpic, meaning that they may flower and set seed many times over the course of their lifetimes.
Most lose their lower leaves in winter; as a result, after a few years, the plants lose their attractive, compact appearance and need to be rerooted or propagated. In addition, if not removed, these shed leaves may decay, harboring fungus which can then infect the plant.