Echeveria lilacina is one of the beautiful, head-turning species among this family of plant. There’s no doubt in my mind that you’d completely get head over heels in love with this. I meant that figuratively and literally. Come on, look at how stunning this plant is!
This succulent can make your home atmosphere more vibrant. Whether you decide to place on your front terrace or decorate your living room table with it, echeveria lilacina is too fine-looking to ignore. Let’s get to know more about this particular variety, shall we?
Overview – Basic Facts
- Echeveria lilacina Kimnach & Moran
- Echeveria lilacina Kimnach & Moran
- Family - Crassulaceae
- Subfamily - Sedoideae
- Tribe - Sedeae
- Subtribe - Sedinae
- Genus - Echeveria
Genus - Echeveria
Considered as cactus or succulent, echeveria lilacina is a large species of echeveria. It belongs to the family Crassulaceae, which is a native to North America, most particularly in Nuevo Leon, a northern area in Mexico. This is also considered as a type of evergreen and perennial. It grows slow, but however, does not offset readily with age.
Also known as ghost echeveria, it forms a very neat, beautiful rosettes. Botanically, it appears flat and sculpted with a “rosebud” shape that extends from 12 cm up to 20 cm across.
Its silvery-grey or pale white-green, spoon-shaped leaves with a little bit of pink shade on the edges are symmetrically unique. The possible longest range of its leaves can reach up to 25 cm or 10 inches in diameter.
Although it is drought tolerant, this plant amazingly produces beautiful and showy flowers with long, reddish stems. Its color is usually coral red or pale pink but can be also pale orange. You’d see them started blooming in late winter to early spring time. It grows up to 15 cm or 6 inches in an arching line.
Habitat and Growth
Echeveria lilacina is best grown in warm climate areas. Like other echeveria plants, this cannot survive the cold and freezing temperature of winter. But fortunately, due to its small, compact size, you can take it inside and it would just be fine. Just make sure to bring them back outside after winter or when spring season starts.
The kind of soil echeveria lilacina needs in order to healthily grow is sandy. This is the kind of soil that needs to drain well. A lot of gardeners grow their echeveria with a mixture of soil and perlite. You might want to try that as well. For best and longer years, change the soil every two years. This is the process called repotting.
Plenty of light from full sun to partial shade makes this plant lasts longer. However, be careful with full sun during summer afternoon and drastic changes of sunlight. It may affect their growth and general health.
Another important reminder is that you should gradually move this plant outside in spring when it has stayed indoor during winter. A good example to do this is to expose under the sun in the morning for two hours then another round of hours in full sun. If the appearance of the leaves starts to oddly change, that indicates burning. You need to cut that part off and let it re-grow.
So if this plant relies on light, what happens during winter? It’s very simple – just place them near a window that gets the brightest sun or sky, usually south-faced. However, an artificial light can also work.
It’s a bit tricky to water echeveria lilacina. It doesn’t like too wet or too dry. You ensure that it gets the right, exact amount of water. This basically suggests that you only water once the soil has dried out. Also, water the soil, not the rosette. Some common signs of poor watering include dropping, shriveling or wilting leaves. Therefore, always check the soil from time to time and water when needed.
The demand of fertilizer is low in growing echeveria lilacina. This plant, like most succulents, can actually grow in native soil. You can surely opt for an additional boost by supplying nutrients through a slow-release fertilizer, whether it’s a cactus fertilizer or a low-nitrogen mix.
Clearly, it is not that difficult to plant and take care of echeveria lilacina. You can even collect different species of echeveria, but ensure to add this particular variety since it’s strikingly beautiful.