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Echeveria 'Blue Dude'

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  
Image of Echeveria 'Blue Dude'
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Crassulaceae (Stonecrops)
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Orange & Pink
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Echeveria 'Blue Dude' - This very attractive succulent grows to 18 inches tall with 18 to 24 inch wide rosettes of wide rounded powder blue leaves that have a pink blush. The orange-red color flowers on a short branched inflorescence arise from between lower leaves. Plant in full to part coastal sun or light shade in a well-drained soil or succulent mix and irrigate occasionally. Hardiness is not well known but we have had it weather a light frost at our nursery without damage and likely it will prove hardy down into the 20s F. This should prove to be a great plant in the ground in locations with good drainage or planted as a large container specimen. It has been noted as holding up well and maintaining good color in different conditions and not needing to be de-headed and re-rooted frequently as many of the larger Echeveria require. This hybrid was created by Robert Campbell by crossing Echeveria 'Joy's Giant', a E. gibbiflora hybrid from New Zealand with Echeveria laui, a beautiful species with fat bluish white leaves from Oaxaca. In repeating this cross Campbell developed a stable seed stain so most plants sold are seedlings of this grex group, which likely explains why the International Crassullaceae Network web listing for 'Blue Dude' notes that there are several clones in the trade. After seeing a wonderful picture of this plant posted to Facebook in April 2013 we purchased 3 plants JadePoint Succulents in North Dakota and vegetatively propagated it to the point that we are able to sell plants in 2015. 

This information about Echeveria 'Blue Dude' displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.