Echeveria secunda W.Booth

Stems short. Numerous offsets formed. Leaves in basal rosettes, spoon- to wedgeshaped, blunt, waxy-blue, thin, hardly keeled, to about 5 cm long, 2 cm wide, with a sharp tip, occasionally with a red margin. Flowers about 1 cm long, red outside, yellow inside and at the apices, the tube narrowing at the mouth, in clusters of 5-15 on stems to 30 cm long. (Syn. E. glauca Bak.)

This appears to be the most commonly used of the blue-leaved, rosette-forming bedding succulents. There are many similar cultivars and species and the cultivars of ×Graptoveria further complicate identification.

There are a number of other blue-leaved species available including the following: E. agavoides Lem. from Mexico has elongated, narrow-pointed leaves resembling those of Agave; E. derenbergii J.A. Purpus, Painted Lady, from Mexico is in rosettes to about 8 cm wide but with numerous offsets, the leaves with a short reddish brown point extending round the edges, the flowers yellow with the reverse and tip red; E. elegans Rose, Mexican Gem (Mexican Snowball), grows in rosettes to 10 cm with the leaves pale blue, turned upwards, margins translucent and flowers deep pink with yellow apices and yellow-orange inside; E. fulgens Lam. from Mexico has long, sometimes wavy-edged leaves 9-15 cm long with stalk-like bases; E. peacockii Croucher from Mexico has pale blue, mealy-white, sharp-pointed leaves in dense rosettes about 10 cm. Flowers with petals about 1 cm long, reddish pink with waxy covering. Other species and cultivars found for sale in nurseries include: E. albicans, E. 'Paul Banyon', E. 'Emerald Ripple' and E. 'Violet Queen'.


Source: Stajsic, V.; Spencer, R.; Forster, P.; Thompson, A. (2002). Crassulaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press. (as Echeveria secunda var. glauca)

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     [Saxifraganae]
order      Saxifragales
family       Crassulaceae
genus        Echeveria D C.