Botanical Name: Echeveria lucita
Common Name: Chalk Rose, Mexican Hen and Chicks
The Chalk Rose Echeveria is a beautiful addition to any type of garden with its gorgeous pastel foliage and contrasting pink and coral coloured flowers. The flower stems on these Echeverias will be sure to keep the nectar loving birds, bees and butterflies happy who in turn will help to pollinate your garden and provide you with seeds in return.
Echeveria are native to Central and Southern America where they will thrive in hot and dry climates. These conditions can be replicated in Australian gardens by using a good quality potting soil, mixed with sand to create a well draining environment, and protecting your succulent from extreme cold weather and frost.
Echeveria typically love full sun, but in extreme conditions can become sunburned. this is easy to identify by the burnt or brown looking spots that appear on the leaves. An ideal location for your Echeveria would get plenty of morning to midday sun, but be shaded in the extreme heat of summer through the hottest parts of the day.
Echeveria enjoy dry soil and are susceptible to root and leaf rot. To ensure your succulent is healthy and thrives in your garden, leave your plant to completely dry out between deep watering. It is recommended to water your Echeveria in the morning so that sun can help dry out the crown of the plant as standing water is the leading cause for plant rot. Otherwise, a quick shake of your pot or firm blow can move the water along.