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Echeveria x gilva

Previously known as:

  • Echeveria gilva
  • Echeveria 'Gilva'
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ech-eh-ver-EE-a GIL-vuh
Description

'Gilva' is an artificial hybrid between E. agavoides and E. elegans in the stonecrop family. The leaves grow in a rosette and are yellow-green with pink-red margins. The rosette will grow to 6 inches across and then freely produce offsets that can be propagated when large enough. It can flower several times throughout the growing season if healthy. Giving this plant a weak fertilizer every 2-4 weeks will help with growth and flowering. It will tolerate temperatures down to 32 degrees F.

Blue Echeveria is mostly used as a house plant and needs planted in a well-draining soil mix and placed in a sunny window. The more sun it gets, the more colorful the leaves will be. In warmer climates, it can be used in rock or crevice-type gardens.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: No significant problems. Do not overwater to prevent root rot.

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#houseplant#drought tolerant#perennials#succulent#showy leaves#pet friendly#herbaceous perennials#rock garden#dry soils tolerant#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats#crevice garden#container plant#easy to grow houseplant
 
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#houseplant#drought tolerant#perennials#succulent#showy leaves#pet friendly#herbaceous perennials#rock garden#dry soils tolerant#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats#crevice garden#container plant#easy to grow houseplant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Echeveria
    Species:
    x gilva
    Family:
    Crassulaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Leaf Cutting
    Stem Cutting
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 4 in. - 0 ft. 6 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 4 in. - 0 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Perennial
    Succulent
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    9b, 9a, 10b, 10a, 11b, 11a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Dry capsule with tiny seeds
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Spring
    Summer
    Winter
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Description:
    Tubular pink flowers appear on tall reddish nodding stems and can occur several times throughout the season. Blooms multiple times in the plant's lifetime.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Pink
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Feel:
    Fleshy
    Smooth
    Waxy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Rosulate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    The leaves are somewhat triangular in shape with a pointed tip. They are yellow-green with red to pink margins. They grow in a tight rosette up to 6 inches across.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Covered with a powdery bloom (glaucous)
    Stem Description:
    Short, succulent stems.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Container
    Houseplants
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Rock Garden
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Dry Soil