Echeveria secunda (glauca) Green New release Echeveria
Echeveria secunda var. Glauca also known as the Blue Echeveria or Mexican hens and chicks is a very popular succulent found in many gardens all over the world. This species is native to Mexico. True to its nickname, the Blue Echeveria, glauca is blue in colour. The intensity of blue can change throughout the year and is at its deepest in the warm months. In winter the glauca tends to turn pale blue with red tips.
The intensity of the colours and shape of the leaves will also depend on a variety of factors such as sun exposure, size of pot, potting mix and what time of the year it is. Full sun coupled with cool temperature will create more compact growth and red tips and ridge on the bottom side of the leaf. The surface of the leaves is coated with a light dusting of farina. Farina acts like a sunscreen and helps protect against sunburn.
If glauca has enough space, it will keep spreading and can create a gorgeous carpet of blue rosettes. In the garden, the chicks will keep multiplying and make a fabulous groundcover. Echeveria secunda var. glauca flowers every spring. The blooms come up on a stalk where individual bell-shaped, orange-yellow flowers open in a cascade. One rosette can send out 3 or more stalks out at once and the flowers can last for about a month.
- Full sun.
- Medium wind tolerant.
- Requires frost free site or indoors.
- Grows to a height of 10 centimetres (approx).
- Manages an indoor situation.
- Requires little moisture and is drought tolerant.
- Manages coastal conditions well. Salt spray will cause minimal marking.
- Enjoys a sheltered courtyard situation for mature tree size.
- Excellent specimen for covered courtyard.
- Happy with life in a pot
- Prefers a warm temperature.