Cacti and succulents, Perennials
Mexican natives that form rosettes of fleshy green or gray-green leaves, often marked with deeper colors. Long, slender, sometimes branched clusters of bell-shaped, nodding flowers, usually pink, red, or yellow. Good in rock gardens. Those that grow in desert Zone 12 need a cool spot, partial shade. Those suitable for low desert—Zone 13—need extra attention. Some types make good houseplants.Echeveria hybrids
Generally have large, loose rosettes of big leaves on single or branched stems; plant size varies by hybrid. Leaves are crimped, waved, wattled, or heavily shaded with red, bronze, or purple. All are splendid potted plants; they do well in open ground in mild-summer areas. Among them are ‘Afterglow’, with powdery, pinkish lavender leaves edged with brighter pink edges; ‘Arlie Wright’, with large, open rosettes of wavy-edged, pinkish leaves; ‘Big Red’, with large triangular leaves that start light green, edged red, turning entirely rose-red; ‘Black Prince’, which grows only 3 in. wide and has dark reddish purple leaves; ‘Blue Curls’, with frilly-edged, blue-green leaves that pick up pink tones in cool weather; ‘Domingo’, with powder blue leaves; ‘Lola’, which has silvery pink to mauve leaves and is about 4 in. wide; and ‘Perle von Nürnberg’, with pearly lavender-blue foliage. ‘Doris Taylor’ is smaller, with short, close-set leaves densely covered with short hairs; showy, nodding flowers are red and yellow. ‘Pulv-oliver’ (‘Red Edge’) has fuzzy, red-tipped leaves and grows to 12 in. high.
‘Imbricata’ (E. x imbricata) forms rosettes 4–6 in. across with saucer-shaped, gray-green leaves and loose clusters of small, bell-shaped, orange-red flowers. Makes offsets very freely. Probably the most common hen and chicks in California gardens.
Native to Australia but naturalized in parts of the West and Southwest. Forms a dense, foot-high mat o...
Native to the Canary Islands. Grows fast to 50–80 ft. tall and 20–35 ft. wide. Gawky when ...
Grows to 3–5 ft. tall and wide, with bright green, needlelike leaves. Bright red, spidery flower...