Echeveria purpusorum is a small rosette forming succulent with very attractive spotted or flecked foliage.
The species itself has deep green foliage with red spots on the leaves and sometimes given the common name of Urbinia. The leaves are distinctly keeled and actual colour will vary depending in the amount of light and stress.
A white form with much lighter leaves is from Korea and Echeveria purposorum is also widely used in hybridisation. Echeveria Dionysos Monokerotis variegata is a hybrid from Japan and Echeveria Yamatoren is another.
Echeveria ‘Ben Badis’ is another well known hybrid.
Care and Growing Conditions
This is a small slow growing species from Mexico, it requires the usual care regime as other Echeveria species.
Best grown in bright filtered light indoors, outdoors light shade or afternoon shade is best especially in warmer climates.
In zones subject to frost and freezes keep the plant indoors.
Always allow the growing medium to dry out between watering. We suggest avoiding watering the foliage as the tight rosettes can tend to hold water and this can cause fungal problems.
Over watering will cause root problems as will poor drainage.
Echeveria purposorum will not tolerate cold climates, and the combination of cold and wet will kill the plant. Frosts must be avoided.
- Growing medium / soil
A specialist free draining succulent potting mis is recommended.
Usually propagation is from leaf cuttings, although this is a species that is not as easy to propagate as some others.
Propagation by removing offsets or ‘pups’ is common.