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Description

Echeverias are a diverse group of perennial succulent plants that typically develop thick fleshy leaves arranged in distinctive rosette patterns. Approximately 150 species have been identified to date and are popular with plant collectors. Many cultivars are now available from nurseries and garden centers and are well adapted to light well-drained soils and with low amounts of supplemental moisture from late spring through summer.

Echeverias prefer brightly lit locations without exposure to intense summer sun. They provide a wonderful array of distinctive foliage colors for ornamental use. Color often varies throughout the season in response to temperatures and sun exposure. Distinctive bell-shaped flowers grow on tall flexible stems at different times of the year depending upon the species. They are often grown in pots and are highly suited to small spaces for detailed planting effects and in mass plantings to create bold visual patterns.

Echeveria 'Afterglow' has distinctive glaucous purple leaves with red margins that produce a highly colorful impact. New growth and flowers develop each spring and are bright rosy-red. Individual plants grow 10-12 in. across and produce flower stalks 15-18 in. tall.

Water Needs

Afterglow echeveria is well adapted to all parts of the Inland Empire in sunny exposures with normal winter rains and low amounts of summer irrigation. The chart shown below provides a recommended baseline guide to the monthly irrigation schedule and volume of supplemental water needed to maintain healthy growth throughout the average year. It should be noted there are several months indicated by an asterisk (*) when winter rains often provide sufficient moisture and irrigation is not needed. The high and low range of moisture indicates Afterglow echeveria can grow with varying amounts of water; little supplemental water is needed during summer following the flowering cycle.

Irrigation Schedule and Graph

Low Water Use Plants

Irrigation Schedule 1

  Jan* Feb* Mar* Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov* Dec*
Runs per Month 0x to 2x 0x to 2x 0x to 2x 1x 1x 1x 1x 1x 1x 1x 0x to 2x 0x to 2x
Inches per Run 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1"
 
Inches per Month 0" to 2" 0" to 2" 0" to 2" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 0" to 2" 0" to 2"

Range of supplemental summer water: 7"
Range of supplemental winter water: 0"-10"

 
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Plant Properties

Plant Type: Succulent
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Solitary, Rigid
Growth Rate: Slow, Moderate
Height: 6 in. - 8 in.
Width: 10 in. - 12 in.
Water Needs: Low 1
Foliage Color: Purple, Red
Flower Color: Red
Flower Season: Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Sand, Rocky soil
Exposure Adaptations: Wind, Morning sun, Heat, Filtered or indirect sunlight, Aridity
Function: Rock gardens, Residential spaces, Raised planters, Near pools and water features, Mass planting, Hummingbird plant, Grouped, Foliage accent plant, Flowering accent plant, Container plant, Commercial spaces, Borders

Maintenance

Offsets (small new plants emerging near the base) can be removed any time to clean up the look, prevent over crowding, or to plant elsewhere or in pots to have additional plants (D,S)

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