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Cactus Succulent

Echeveria runyonii
  • RHS AGM

silver spoons

An evergreen succulent forming a stemless rosette to 12cm across, composed of fleshy, silvery-grey leaves. In summer, it produces orange flowers held on arching stems above the foloiage

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Grey Silver
Summer Orange Grey Silver
Autumn Grey Silver
Winter Grey Silver
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

East–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Drought resistance
Yes
Hardiness
H2
Botanical details
Family
Crassulaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Clump forming
Genus

Echeveria can be evergreen succulent perennials or subshrubs with rosettes of colourful, fleshy leaves and racemes or panicles of urn-shaped flowers

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Chihuahuan Desert, Mexico (source: The Timber Press Guide to Succulent Plants of the World, 2011)

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in cactus compost in bright, filtered light. When in growth water moderately and feed monthly with a balanced liquid feed. Keep almost dry in winter. Stand plants outside during the summer months, having acclimatised them to direct sun. See houseplant cacti and succulent cultivation for further advice

Propagation

Propagate by sowing seed at 18°C in early spring or by leaf cuttings in early summer. Separate offsets in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Sub-tropical
  • Patio and container plants
  • Conservatory and greenhouse
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be susceptible to mealybugs, vine weevil and aphids

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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