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Echeveria imbricata

Hens and Chicks

Echeveria imbricata is a small, low-growing succulent 3 inches tall and 8 inches wide. It forms numerous “baby” plants, aka “pups,” which spread out to around 30 inches -- hence the common name, Hens and Chicks. The leaves are flat, gray green, and form beautiful, tightly coiled rosettes. This plant has a moderate growth rate and produces orange, pink, and red blooms during spring and early summer. It can grow in full sun in coastal areas but will appreciate afternoon shade in warm, inland spots. Echeveria imbricata is native to Mexico, where it grows in well-draining sandy, loamy, or rocky soil. This succulent becomes drought tolerant once established. It is a beautiful addition to mixed succulent containers, rock gardens, or edging for a path.

Echeveria imbricata, 'Hens and Chicks' - Photos: Plantmaster
Echeveria imbricata, 'Hens and Chicks' - Photos: Plantmaster

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