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Echeveria coccinea - Red Echeveria
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Crassulaceae (Stonecrops)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Orange Red
Bloomtime: Winter/Spring
Synonyms: [Cotyledon coccinea, E. longifolia]
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 2-4 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30° F
Echeveria coccinea (Red Echeveria) - A semi-sprawling shrubby succulent 1 to 2 feet tall by 3 or more feet wide with well-branched leafy stems holding rosettes of 3 to 4 inch long blue-green leaves that are covered in silver hairs and sometimes tinged red along the margins. In late winter into spring appear the relatively large (for an Echeveria) reddish orange flowers with bright yellow stamens on 1 foot long leafy inflorescences. Plant in full coastal sun to light shade in well-drained soil and irrigate occasionally. Hardy to around 25 °F. This plant can benefit from being cut back every few years or as needed to keep it from sprawling too much - stays denser if grown if full sun. It is a great large container plant or accent plant that is easy to grow and attractive in or out of flower with its velvet-textured silvery leaves and dark orange-red flowers. We believe that the plant most commonly seen in cultivation in one introduced by the International Succulent Institute (ISI 45411) that was collected by Jim Bauml and Myron Kimnach in 1981 near San Luis Atolotitlan in Puebla and we believe our plant originates from this collection. Echeveria coccinea is widespread throughout much of central Mexico and is the type species that Candolle used to name the genus. 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. The specific epithet is from the Latin word 'coccos' meaning "scarlet" which comes from the Greek word '??????' that was used for the seed of the red oak that was used as a red dye and was so named for the reddish orange tips of the flowers. We have never found a common name for this plant but think that Red Echeveria is appropriate.  The information displayed on this page is based on research conducted about this plant in our library and from reliable online sources. We also consider observations that we have made of it growing in the nursery's garden and in other gardens, as well how it has performed in our crops out in the nursery field. We will incorporate comments that we receive from others as well, and welcome hear from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they have knowledge of cultural information we do not mention that would aid others in growing Echeveria coccinea.