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Echeveria minima - Dwarf Echeveria

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Crassulaceae (Stonecrops)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Salmon
Bloomtime: Spring
Height: <1 foot
Width: <1 foot
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30° F
Echeveria minima (Dwarf Echeveria) - As the name implies, this is a small Echeveria. It grows as a clustering mound of tight rosettes with each one only 2 to 3 inches wide and comprised of many 1/2 inch long fat gray-green leaves that have pink tinged margins. In spring appear short inflorescences from each rosette rising only a few inches above the leaves with salmon pink pendant flowers that are yellow at their tips. Plant in full sun (coastal) to light shade in a well-soil and irrigate little to occasionally and it should prove hardy to at least 20-25 degrees F. Best as a potted specimen plant - we have not tried it in the ground! This plant was first described in Cactáceas y Suculentas Mexicanas 13 in 1968 by Jorge Meyrán from the type collection of this plant made in 1967 by Filipe Otero (of Agave FO-076 fame) at a tributary of the Rio Tula, near Puente de Tasquillo, Hidalgo and this and the surrounding area is the only known location for it. 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 specific epithet is a reference to the smallness of the plant.  Information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library, 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 where we have observed it. We also will incorporate comments received from others and welcome 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 would aid others in growing Echeveria minima.