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Products > Echeveria 'Blue Dude'
 
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 description is based on our research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We also try to incorporate comments received from others and appreciate getting 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 Echeveria 'Blue Dude'.
 
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