When you think of echeveria you may think: succulent plant, easy to grow, Hen and Chicks (so-called because of its growth pattern). Echeveria includes over 100 varieties with rosette colors which may be green, blue, purple, pink or gray, or a combination of colors and distinctive markings. Its bell-shaped flowers may be white, orange, pink, yellow or red. Leaves may be furry or hairy, smooth or waxy, wavy or curly, thick or thin. Some have long stems and others grow flush to the ground.
Of the multitude of varieties available, you can compare some of the more common but unique types described below.
- Echeveria agavoides has green leaves edged in red and pinkish red flowers.
- Echeveria 'Black Prince' has 3-inch rosettes, salmon-red flowers and chocolate color leaves which turn almost black in full sun.
- Echeveria crenulata, one of the larger varieties, has fire-engine red, frilly, furry leaves and red flowers.
- Echeveria 'Curly Locks' has frilly blue leaves edged in pink.
- Echeveria 'Doris Taylor' or 'Wooly Rose' has pale green leaves with white hairs, orange flowers and a 5-inch rosette.
- Echeveria elegans has pale silver-blue leaves and pink flowers. It is also correctly known as Hen and Chicks.
- Echeveria leucotricha (Chenille Plant) has thick hairy green leaves, 6-inch rosettes and yellow flowers.
- Echeveria nodulosa has gray-green leaves with dark red "painted" markings and pinkish white flowers.
- Echeveria 'Painted Lady' has green leaves ending in purple tips.