Rare unusual and slow growing, Echeveria unguiculata is a small rosette forming species not widely offered for sale.
The foliage is violet to gray colour, the individual leaves are curled and naturally narrow. The tips of the foliage are tipped with a small very dark maroon spine. Foliage colour will vary with the amount of light as well as other typical succulent stems factors.
Echeveria unguiculata will flower with pink to orange flowers rising well above the foliage.
Like all Echeverias this is a drought tolerant plant, and is fairly easy to grow.
In a warm climate or protected position this is plant that will give year round colour and foliage. In cooler climates some of the foliage will die back, especially in areas subject to frosts and poor light in the cooler months.
- The best time to propagate Echeveria is from spring through to winter, the easiest method for this species is by leaf propagation.
- The leaf itself is raised above the propagation medium, support by twigs or thin bamboo strips.
- Place the material in good filtered light NOT direct sun.
- After 2 – 4 weeks new growth should be apparent.
- This is the time to lightly mist spray the cuttings.
- Leave the parent leaf to drop of of its own accord.
- It is also possible to remove offsets as they appear.
- Botanical Name – Echeveria unguiculata
- Common Name – None.
- Family – Crassulaceae
- Origin – Mexico
- Light – Full sun to part shade, afternoon shade in summer.
- Soil – Very well drained.
- Height – 5 – 8 cm
- Spread – Around 8cm
- Foliage – Gray to violet.
- Flower – Pink to Orange.
- Frost tolerant – No
- Drought tolerant – Yes