Echeveria are some of the most popular succulent types because the leaves grow out from a central point, called a rosette. This gives the plant a flower- or rose-like appearance. The echeveria family brings a variety of colors and textures to your indoor and outdoor displays. The classic types of this succulent are blue-gray or gray-green in color. Hunt around and you’ll find green, purple, and variegated varieties, as well. Most are low-growing and topped in summer with clusters of bell-shaped flowers on tallish stems.
Many are popularly called hen-and-chicks because of the way new plantlets, or offsets, develop in a cluster around the parent plant. The usually broad fleshy leaves have waxy, velvety, or powdery surfaces and are often iridescent and sometimes red-edged when in bright sunlight. Echeverias are popular with collectors of succulent plants for their compact symmetrical leaf rosettes and for the prominent stalked inflorescence (flower cluster), which usually rises high above the leaves.
Echeveria have a reputation for being easy to care for, and it’s true if you have the right conditions. The first thing to know about them is that they need lots of light—the brightest spot you have inside. Unfortunately, echeveria, like many succulent types, don’t do well in low light situations. Their low-water needs make most echeveria relatively slow growers. That said, they don’t need a lot of fertilizer.