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Echeveria 'Blue Curls'

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Crassulaceae (Stonecrops)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Rose Pink
Bloomtime: Summer
Parentage: (Echeveria gibbiflora hybrid?)
Height: 1 foot
Width: <1 foot
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Echeveria 'Blue Curls' - A mostly solitary plant with rosettes to 10 inches wide with frilly-edged blue-green leaves that take on showy pink hues in spring and fall and produce reddish-pink flowers well spaced along long stalks in summer. This plant is slow to develop a stem but benefits from being beheaded and re-rooted every 3 to 4 years. Plant in full sun to light shade in a well-drained soil. Hardy to around 25F. Some sources list Harry Butterfield as the originator of this beautiful plant but others attribute it to Frank Reinelt. Harry Butterfield, was a known hybridizer of Echeveria. An article in the CSSA Journal titled "Echeverias for the Fancier" was about a talk Butterfield gave to the California Cactus and Succulent Society on Nov. 8, 1953 where he reviewed the known species and hybrids of Echeveria (unfortunately w/o mentioning 'Blue Curls'). Butterfield was also known to have createed several named hybrids of Echeveria gibbiflora, which would be one of the presumed parents of 'Blue Curls'. Mr. Reinelt, who operated Vetterle and Reinelt Nursery in Capitola, California, was more famous for his primrose, begonia and delphiniums but also worked with succulent plants. This hybrid is noted as the sister seedling to another well known cultivar, 'Blue Waves'. Both plants have nice color and form and are good for contrasting with narrow or smaller foliage plants.  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have observed it in. We also will incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that might aid others in growing Echeveria 'Blue Curls'.