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Products > Echeveria runyonii 'Topsy Turvy'
 
Echeveria runyonii 'Topsy Turvy'
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Crassulaceae (Stonecrops)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow & Orange
Bloomtime: Summer
Height: <1 foot
Width: <1 foot
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30° F
Echeveria runyonii 'Topsy Turvy' - A fast growing rosette-forming succulent with pale blue-gray leaves that curve upwards and are strongly inversely-keeled on the lower surface with leaf tips pointing inwards towards the center of the plant. This interesting Echeveria has become a common sight in Southern California succulent collections, likely because it offsets profusely and plantings quickly become mounds with individual rosettes to nearly 1 foot across. Bright orange and yellow flowers rise above the foliage on tall arching inflorescence, usually in late summer or fall. Plant in a well-drained soil in full sun in coastal gardens with some light shade in hot climates. Water occasionally. Hardy to about 25° F. This plant was named by past Huntington Botanic Garden Director Myron Kimnack. The genus Echeveria was named to honor Mexican botanical artist Atanasio Echeverría y Godoy in 1828 by the French botanist Augustin Pyramus de Candolle (DeCandolle) who was very impressed with Echeverría's drawings. Echeverría had accompanied the the Sessé and Mociño expedition (led by Martin de Sessé y Lacasta and Mariano Mociño Suárez de Figueroa) while exploring Mexico and northern Central America and had produced thousands of botanical illustrations. The genus Echeveria is a member of the large Crassula family (Crassulaceae), which has about 1,400 species in 33 genera with worldwide distribution. Echeveria, with approximately 180 species, are native to mid to higher elevations in the Americas with the main distribution in Mexico and central America but with one species found from as far north as southern Texas and several species occurring as far south as Bolivia, Peru and possibly Argentina. The book "The genus Echeveria" by John Pilbeam (published by the British Cactus and Succulent Society, 2008) is an excellent source of information on the species and "Echeveria Cultivars" by Lorraine Schulz and Attila Kapitany (Schulz Publishing, 2005) has beautiful photos and great information on the cultivars and hybrids. It has been argued by some that the correct pronunciation for the genus is ek-e-ve'-ri-a, though ech-e-ver'-i-a seems in more prevalent use in the US.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Echeveria runyonii 'Topsy Turvy'.
 
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