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Products > Echeveria pulvinata 'Frosty'
Echeveria pulvinata 'Frosty' - White Chenille Plant

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Crassulaceae (Stonecrops)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Synonyms: [Cotyledon pulvinata E. 'Suave']
Parentage: 9E. pulvinata var. frigida)
Height: <1 foot
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Echeveria pulvinata 'Frosty' (White Chenille Plant) - A very attractive small shrubby plant to 6 to 12 inches tall and sprawling to several feet in width with rusty brown stems that are tipped with small rosettes holding thick spathulate green leaves with all parts densely covered with silvery white hairs so that the plant looks frosted. In late winter into spring (sometime later) appears the arching one foot tall inflorescence holding racemes of yellow and orange bell-shaped flowers. Plant in part to full sun (plants more compact and silvery in brighter light) in a well-drained soil and irrigate only occasionally. We haven't tested its cold tolerance below 30 F but others note it hardy to 25 F. A great plant for living wreaths, containers or as a small scale ground cover in a rock or succulent garden. We first received this plant as Echeveria pulvinata var nova indicating it was a described natural form of the Echeveria pulvinata and appears to be the same plant distributed by the International Succulent Introductions in 1933 as ISI-1390, a plant originally collected by Alfred Lau at San Miguel Maninaltepic in Oaxaca. John Pilbeam wrote in The Genus Echeveria (British Cactus and Succulent Society, 2008) that Myron Kimnack, past director of the Huntington Botanic Garden, was soon going to describe this plant as Echeveria pulvinata var. frigida but since we have yet to see this happen, we continue to list it as Echeveria pulvinata 'Frosty'. John Pilbeam also cautioned about confusing this plant with Echeveria leucothrica 'Frosty', a Dick Wright selection with a larger more open rosette of less spathe-shaped leaves bearing darker reddish flowers. Some have switched to calling Echeveria pulvinata 'Frosty' by the name Echeveria pulvinata 'Suave' to distinguish the two. Other common names we have seen for this plant include White Chenille Plant, Plush Plant and Velvet Echeveria.  The information on this page is based on the research that we have conducted about this plant in the San Marcos Growers library, from what we have found on reliable online sources, as well as from observations made of our crops of this plant growing in the nursery and of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens where we may have observed it. We also have incorporated comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Echeveria pulvinata 'Frosty'.