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Sedeveria 'Letizia' - Lety's Sedeveria
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Crassulaceae (Stonecrops)
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Spring
Parentage: (Sedum cuspidatum X Echeveria setosa var. ciliata)
Height: <1 foot
Width: <1 foot
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Drought Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
x Sedeveria 'Letizia' (Lety's Sedeveria) - A beautiful small succulent branching at the base with a cluster of stems that grow to about 8 inches tall with 2 1/2 inch wide rosettes bearing many tightly arranged 1 inch long green deltoid shaped leaves with fine hairs along the margins. The older rosettes sit atop slender bare stems while younger ones have leaves the length of the stems. The leaves turn red in the sun with colder temperatures in winter but are green in summer or when grown in shade. In spring multiple inflorescences rise from below the top of the rosette and, rising above the rosette, bear flowers in a scorpiod cyme that are white with petal tips barely pink with the stem bristling with fine hairs. Plant in full coastal sun to light shade in a well-drained soil and irrigate occasionally. It is hardy to around 21 F. A great plant for a small choice spot in in the rock or succulent garden and great as a container plant. According to information on the Sedum Society this is an older hybrid between Sedum cuspidatum X Echeveria setosa var. ciliata that went unnamed until Jean-Michel Moullec published the name in the January 2006 Sedum Society Newsletter (No. 7) honoring his Italian friend Letizia Alleruzzo though it is speculated that the plant likely originated from Fred Wass, a British cactus and succulent collector. Sedum cuspidatum, the seed parent of this plant is a slow growing species from western Chiapas and eastern Oaxaca with red tinged green leaves that rise up on vertical, highly textured stems and with an inflorescence that rises above the foliage with only a few white flowers. The pollen parent, Echeveria setosa var. ciliata (E. ciliata), is a mostly ground hugging plant from Oaxaca with short stems less than 3 inches long, each topped with a flat rosette of many leaves similar in shape to the hybrid that are edged in red with fine hairs. It has red and yellow flowers on an hairy inflorescence that rises well about the foliage. We thank Korean nurseryman Seong Ju for sharing this wonderful plant with us.  This description is based on our research and the observations we have made of this plant as it grows in containers at our nursery, in our own garden and in other gardens. We also appreciate receiving feedback of any kind from those who have 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 x Sedeveria 'Letizia'.