Pachyphytum Oviferum — Moonstones Succulent

Pachyphytum Oviferum - Moonstones

Moonstones are one of those succulents that give this plant group a reverence. Its shape and color are just in line with why these members of succulents are priced aesthetic possessions.

You see, in the other plant types, green is all you’re getting and the occasional different colors when they bloom. Well, that’s still great. But since succulents entered the scene, good enough is no longer an option. Think about it – will you limit yourself with a few almost identical plants when you can get more than that in terms of shape, size, and color?

Of course not.

You’ll go for variety – and moonstones is among the available options. Dive in right below and get all the scoop about this cupcake succulent

Pachyphytum Oviferum - Moonstones
Pachyphytum Oviferum @evelin_plants

Moonstones – in the botanical world

Moonstones belong to the genus Pachyphytum and the oviferum species. So in the botanical world, it goes by the name Pachyphytum oviferum – which is a reference to the shape of its leaves. More about the leaves later. But here’s a spoiler – the name of this succulent translates roughly to “thick plant that bears eggs”.

Can you guess the said shape of this succulent as from this translation?

Aside from the common name moonstones, this beauty is also called sugar almond plant – another name from the appearance of the leaves.

This succulent can grow in soil to a height of up to 10 cm and spreads around to 30 cm maximum around the soil as well. Stems are white and bare up to 15 leaves.

The leaves have a varying color combination – they can be either blueish- purple or a faded blue-green. This gives them a resemblance to a confection of sugared almond hence the name above. They are egg-shaped, a property that gave the plant the Pachyphytum oviferum scientific name.

Flowers come in winter and early spring. The petals are red-orange while the sepals have the same pigmentation as the leaves.

As with a good deal of succulents, moonstones are endemic to Mexico.

Learn how to plant your moonstone succulent correctly with “Choosing the Right Pot for Your Succulents“. See how to plant your succulents now.

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Moonstones are endemic to Mexico

How To Take Care of Moonstones

Pachyphyta overiferum has a penchant for thriving under minimal care – typical succulent tendencies. So with the occasional attention, you still have a high likelihood of having a cheerful plant. Good for the busy side of you.

But what if you’re just a starter with no idea how frequent this occasional checkup should be? What are the ideal conditions for your plant? Below is a checklist of what you need to keep an eye on – or at least try to.

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How to take care of moonstones @groentje_saskia


Moonstones can survive well both in full and partial sunlight. Your area will determine if it’s former or the latter.

In areas with particularly intensely hot summers, you should make a point of shielding your plant off from the afternoon sun rays. Otherwise, a sunny spot for the moonstones is enough to give your plant the required dose of light energy.

Indoors, be sure to place your plant in a sunny window and make a point of rotating that pot every few days. Elongated stems and faded foliage won’t help in scoring the aesthetic appeal you’d wish for. We recommend this grow light to help out your little beauties.

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Ideal climate

Sugaralmond plants fall in the USDA hardiness zone of between 10a to 11b. These are areas with temperature ranges of 30o F to 50o F (-1.1oC – 10o C). But as usual, there is always room for compromise.

On the lower side, temperatures of up to 20o F (-6o C) are tolerable. Anything beyond this point is a kiss of death for your plant. And that means frosty conditions should be avoided at all costs.

Bring your plant indoors when the very cold months set in.

Be sure to take a look at “Summer & Winter Succulents: What’s the Difference?” for a guide on how different seasons affect your succulents.

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Moonstones with droplets @groentje_saskia

Watering your moonstones

The watering routine of the moonstones is identical to that of most succulents. That is you need to let the potting medium to dry out between watering sessions. That way, you won’t have to deal with the menace that comes with root rot.

You can easily tell if your plant needs water by touching the leaves. A firm feel means they’re just fine. On the other hand, soft leaves mean you need to make it rain.

A precaution though – do this to the leaves near the base of the stem. You’re going to end up with a spotted plant if you touch the other leaves. That isn’t particularly appealing.

Unlike most succulents, moonstones need more watering during the winter as this is its growing season. Keep that in mind.

While at it, make sure the water doesn’t come into contact with the leaves. They can easily be damaged.

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Moonstones in Garden @groentje_saskia

The best soil for moonstones

Any soil that retains water for long periods is a no for moonstones. Make sure to settle on a medium that drains first enough.

You can come up with one by mixing a few available materials – the most common are sand, perlite/pumice, and regular potting soil. A mixture of the three will give you the perfect potting medium for your plant. Another great combination is compost and sand.

Alternatively, you can skip all this and simply purchase a ready-made commercial cactus/succulent mix.

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Interested in learning how to make your own mix? Check out “How to Make Your own Succulent Soil at Home” for a full guide.

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Moonstones – Pachyphytum Oviferum @suerrealis


Pachyphyta oviferum is easy to propagate via leaf cuttings. Follow the steps below

  • Cut a young leaf from the center of the rosette
  • Allow it some time for the cut part to callous – usually, a day is enough
  • Place the leaf into a slightly moist well-draining potting mix
  • Wait until a new rosette forms and repot the new rosette after enough roots have developed. Be sure to pluck off the older leaf.

You can speed up the rooting process by dipping the leaf-cutting in a rooting hormone before placing it in a potting medium. Also, instead of using a potting medium, consider replacing it with sand for better and faster rooting.

Need more tips to propagate your succulent? Check out “5 Tips for Propagating Succulents” for more.

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Pachyphyta oviferum is easy to propagate via leaf cuttings. @gaymessucculents

Repotting moonstones

Repotting is especially essential when you’ve just purchased your plant. You can also repot your moonstones if it has overgrown its current container.

The most important piece of the whole puzzle to consider is the potting mix – remember how it should be? No two ways about it.

Important to note also is the depth of the stem in the current container. When making that move, you must maintain the depth to protect the stem from rot.

Finally, remember the rule about leaves – no touching.

It is advisable to repot your plant during its active growth season – winter, that is. Give it some time to settle in before you resume the watering routine. Learn more by reading: “The Art of Repotting Succulents – The Right Way”.


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Moonstones with Happy Planter @windowsill_succulents

Moonstones can be purchased just about anywhere with a stock of succulents for sale. Be sure to check out our whole piece on “Where to Buy Succulents“.

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Thank you for reading! Let us know in the comments below what succulents you have laying around inside your home?

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Where Do Most Succulents Come From?

Where Do Most Succulents Come From?

The current succulents-craze has turned most living rooms into mini jungles. An Echeveria here, a Saguaro there — talk about an intriguing aesthetic!

But where do these irresistible babies come from? Instagram? Close guess, but not quite. While it’s true that social media has played a huge role in striking an interest in curious plant lovers, most succulent owners are oblivious of the native homes of their plants.

Where Do Most Succulents Come From?
Where do most succulents come from @somwooddesigns

So Where Exactly Do Succulents Hail From?

Succulents are indigenous to many parts of the world and they come in various species while growing under different conditions. Knowing where your succulent plants come from will help you emulate their natural habitat when growing them so that you can give them their best conditions.

Let’s dive in and take a closer look at these plants.

Where Do Most Succulents Come From?
purple toned @suculentas_agora

History of Succulents

Originally, the succulent plants grew in arid and semi-arid areas which have long dry periods such as the deserts. These areas include Africa, North, and Central America, as well as the European Alps.

Fondly known as the camels of the plant world, succulent plants can survive for long periods without water. I’m sure you’re aware though.

When human beings realized that these plants needed little water to survive and had low maintenance, they sought to domesticate them by planting them in their indoor gardens and houses. Apart from their resilience, they are beautiful and come in different colors, shapes, and sizes. This led to people growing them as ornamental plants.

Other benefits of succulent plants, which you can read more about here, have been realized with time, which includes reduced risk of attracting pests, and are difficult to overgrow.

The historical significance of most succulent species has inspired their conservation. For example, the Agave Harvardia is used as a natural sweetener while Aloe Vera is considered a healing plant.

Throughout history, many cultures have used succulent plants for medical and culinary purposes. Check out our article 6 Edible Succulents to Excite Your Tastebuds.


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grown in different parts of the world

Why the Name Succulent?

The word succulent originated from Latin and it means juice or sap. The plants store water in the form of sap in different parts like the leaves, the stem, or the roots.

The sap makes these parts to be unusually thickened and fleshy as they are used to retaining water. During dry periods, the plant uses water to survive.

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diversity in succulents

Ancient Succulent Myths and Beliefs

Although succulent plants have been here for a long period of time, there are still myths and beliefs that surround them. Whether you are new or knowledgeable in the world of succulents, you may not recognize the myths that surround these magical plants.

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barely need any water

Myth 1: Protection from Death

Some succulents are believed to offer protection against bad luck and death, like the Sempervivum Tectorum. Its name means “always on top” and you are most likely to find it on rooftops!

Even today they are still found on some cottage roofs in Mid or Southwest Wales. The myth goes that once a stranger removes or picks it, bad luck strikes the family and can lead to the death of a family member.

If you’re a believer, stock up on some hooks to hang one of these planters on the roof with!

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every succulent has its own symbolism

Myth 2: It Keeps Family Members Safe and Prosperous

The Houseleek is believed to ward off evil and keep family members safe and prosperous. It has been believed to protect the household against witchcraft, fire, and lightning.

Fun Fact: This was one of the reasons why Roman Emperor Charlemagne (742-814 AD) ordered all the people under his rule to grow houseleeks on their roofs.

Whether you this is a fib or not to you, they still make beautiful house plants!

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long succulents

Myth 3: Attracting Wealth

The myth goes that the Jade succulent was used to attract good luck and bring wealth to Asian communities. The presence of the succulent is considered auspicious. It has beautiful vibrant green leaves. Wealth and prosperity are elements related to growth and renewal. That is why this plant is a symbol of just that.

We love the Jade plant! Read more about this beauty with our article, here.

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bringing good luck and good fortune

Where Do Most Succulents Originate then?

Although succulents are indigenous plants to many parts of the world, they tend to be dominant in Africa, Central America, and South Africa. These places offer different conditions for their growth and produce different species.

For that, these plants have a wide range of habitats and thrive in environments that would otherwise be inhabitable for other plant species. From extreme temperatures to low rainfall, these plants tend to be very hardy and adaptable.

Where Do Most Succulents Come From?
Aloe Vera

The Country that Hosts the Most Succulents

Now, while it is impossible to explicitly state the exact country that hosts the most succulent species, it is apparent that most species end up being native to a number of countries. Mexico is one of the greatest succulent plants’ habitats.


It hosts numerous succulent plant species due to its conducive climate and conditions. It’s dry and hilly, and its climate is quite extreme. Some of the most common species include Echeveria Elegans, Echeveria Agavoides, Graptopetalum Pentadrum, Sedum allantoides, Echinocereus Viridiflorus (nylon Hedgehog Cactus), Seven Stars, ladyfinger Cactus, Moses in the Cradle, Hookers Orchid Cactus, and many more.

Learn more about succulents from Mexico with our article 5 Most Popular Succulents from Mexico!

South Africa

South Africa is known for its succulent Karoo which stretches from the South African west coast to southwestern Namibia. The climate here is arid or semi-arid making it a rich habitat for many species of succulent plants. Most of the area is either flat or hilly and receives minimum precipitation. The temperatures can go up to 44 degrees Celsius.

 The most common species found in this area are Cotyledon Orbiculate, Portulacaria Afra Prostrata, Jade Plant (Crassula Ovata), Delosperma cooperi, Aloe zebrina, Jelly bean plant (Sedum Pachyphyllum), Zebra plant (Haworthia attenuata), Elephant bush/ Spekboom (Portulacaria Afra), Panda plant (Kalanchoe tomentosa), Ghost Plant (Graptopetalum paraguayense), Plush plant (Echeveria Pulvinata), and many more!

Where Do Most Succulents Come From?
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Are any of your succulents native to Mexico or South Africa? Drop a comment below and let us know!

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The 5 Most Popular Succulents From Mexico

5 Most Popular Succulents From Mexico

Lots of things we love originated in Mexico—tacos, chocolate, popcorn, and some of the most beautiful succulents out there! You can thank Mexico for great chocolate and popular succulents like the burro’s tail, ponytail palms, and the adorable bunny ears cactus. What a country!

Mexico has the perfect, warm climate for succulents, so they really thrive there. You’ll see all of these popular succulents from Mexico and many more if you head down there on vacation—it’s pretty much a succulent lover’s paradise!

We apologize in advance if this post gives you the travel bug and makes you want to see all these gorgeous Mexican succulents in their native habitat!

5 Most Popular Succulents from Mexico
5 Most Popular Succulents from Mexico @off.the.clock.cookies

Burro’s Tail—Sedum Morganianum

We were surprised to learn that the burro’s tail, one of our absolute favorite Mexican succulents, is native to southern Mexico! In 1935, a botanist from San Francisco, named Eric Walther, came across the burro’s tail at a nursery in Veracruz, Mexico. He was the first to bring it back to the States and describe it in detail. He was also responsible for naming it—he called it Sedum morganianum after one of his friends, Dr. Morgan.

The burro’s tail is one of our favorite Mexican succulents because it’s so gorgeous! It has long, pale green stems that spill out over the sides of planters. For that reason, it looks especially good in hanging planters, like this one
This succulent got the nicknames burro’s tail and donkey’s tail because people say its long, trailing stems look like animal tails. We don’t really see the resemblance! We think this Mexican succulent is much prettier than a bunch of hairy tails and just what your succulent collection is missing!

Take a more in-depth look at the Burro’s Tail with our article, here!

5 Most Popular Succulents From Mexico
Burro’s Tail @teammaeri

Ladyfinger Cactus—Mammillaria Elongata

The ladyfinger cactus has long, cylindrical stems that can grow to be up to 6 inches tall. The stems kind of look like fingers and are around the same size as them, so that’s how this cactus got the unique name ladyfinger. It’s also sometimes called the gold lace cactus because it has golden-yellow spines and produces bright yellow flowers in the spring.

This succulent is native to central Mexico and loves warm climates! It does really well outdoors if you plant it in full sun in a container, like this one, or in the ground. It doesn’t need much watering or maintenance because it has tubercles, which are small round nodules on the stem of the cactus. They expand to allow for increased water storage, so your succulent will only need a drink every once in a while.

A low-maintenance cactus that’s as pretty as it is practical? Sign us up!

We also have an article dedicated to the Mammillaria Elongata cactus, check it out here! You’ll learn about its additional nickname!

5 Most Popular Succulents From Mexico
Ladyfinger Cactus @teammaeri

Ponytail Palm—Beaucarnea Recurvata

Ponytail palms are so unique! We definitely think they need to be talked about in the succulent community more often. They’re a type of succulent that can grow to be up to 30 feet tall. But don’t worry—you can still grow them indoors! Ponytail palms are super slow growers, and if you keep them inside, they usually don’t get to be more than a few feet tall.

Despite their name, these Mexican succulents aren’t actually trees—they’re just succulents with super thick, woody stems. The woody stems and long, curly green leaves do kind of make them look like palm trees, though, which is probably how they got their cute tropical name! They’d look adorable in a bright tropical planter like this one, too.

This succulent is native to semi-desert areas of southeastern Mexico, so it loves bright sunlight and warm temperatures. It’s a hardy little plant, though, so you won’t kill it by bringing it inside into lower light conditions. Just make sure you keep it near the brightest window in your home so that it can soak up as much sun as possible!

The Ponytail Palm makes an awesome indoor succulent for homes and offices that don’t receive optimal sunlight. 

5 Most Popular Succulents From Mexico
Ponytail Palm @calabresegreenhouse

Blue Agave—Agave Tequilana

Did you know that this variety of agave is used to make tequila? It’s native to Jalisco, Mexico and it’s the only variety used to make Mexico’s most popular drink. Mezcal, another popular Mexican drink known for its smoky flavor, can be made from over 30 different varieties of agave. But not tequila! Grab a bottle of agave-made margarita mix, you won’t regret it! (We’ve tried this on Cinco de Mayo this year, it was fantastic!)

Besides being one of the tastiest plants on the planet, it’s also one of the prettiest. It has gorgeous bluish-green leaves that are arranged into a large, open rosette. It can get to be pretty large—it’s not unusual to see a blue agave that’s five feet tall and wide. When it gets to be that size, it has a dramatic, striking look that will be the highlight of any garden!

Agave makes beautiful additions to outdoor gardens, as you can see in the below picture! Check out what succulents will complement your Agave in your garden with our article 5 Best Outdoor Succulents!

5 Most Popular Succulents From Mexico
Blue Agave @kobata_growers

Bunny Ears Cactus—Opuntia Microdasys

The bunny ears cactus is probably one of the most popular succulents out there! It’s taken the succulent world by storm because its leaves look just like bunny ears. It makes the most adorable little decoration for Easter, especially if you put it in this planter. It has a bunny on it to match your bunny cactus… how cute is that?!

We have Mexico to thank for the beautiful bunny ears cactus, specifically northern Mexico. Just like all the other succulents on this list, it needs lots of bright direct sunlight to stay healthy. Make sure to keep it near a window so its bunny ears don’t start to droop!

Learn more about the Super Cute Bunny Ears Cactus here.


5 Most Popular Succulents From Mexico
Bunny Tail Cactus @pinkandplants

Those are five of the most popular succulents from Mexico. Which one is your favorite? We have a serious soft spot for the bunny ears cactus and that adorable little planter. Let us know what your favorite Mexican succulent is down in the comments section!

Many of the above succulents and cacti appear in more articles from Succulent City. Give Succulent and Cacti Stores Near Me, Pachyphytum Oviferum — Moonstones Succulent, or The 7 Best Succulents for Wedding Arrangement a read today!

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Devil’s Head Cactus – Echinocactus Horizonthalonius

Devil’s Head Cactus – Echinocactus horizonthalonius

There is no denying that cacti call some shots in the succulent group. That’s why it’s natural to find cactus and succulent being used interchangeably. Well, if you’re a succulent lover, you know better.

The cacti group is so diverse that you’re going to run into surprises (pleasant ones) now and then. Devil’s head cactus is just one of the more than 1700 surprises (species). You’ll find this guide particularly helpful if you’re looking into growing this cactus.

Dive right in!

Devil’s Head Cactus – Echinocactus horizonthalonius
A flowering cactus growing in a pot @cherokeelion

Devil’s Head Cactus – Origin

This succulent is native to the Chihuahuan and Sonoran deserts of the United States and Mexico. Taking into account that the Sonoran desert is the hottest in the whole of Mexico, it’s easy to see how hardy the devil’s head cactus is. To top it all off, the nature of these desert lands isn’t exactly a boost to plant life.

The two play a significant role in determining how you should take care of this baby when you decide to bring it home. You’ll get to know about that in a second.


This beauty can be hemispherical, columnar, globular, or flat-topped in shape. You can expect this plant to grow to a height of up to 16 in and eight inches across. The surface is blue-green.

The entire plant structure is divided into sections (called ribs), each bearing several areoles. And from these areoles, the popular cactus structures, spines, emerge. A typical plant will have up to 8 ribs.

Each areole can bear between three to ten spines that are cross-ribbed, measuring up to 4 cm in length. So the entire plant structure is spiky. This means you’ll have to take precautions when handling this succulent. The spines can be gray, pink, or brown.

The flowers are showy and can either be pink or magenta. They come out mainly during June, although it’s not unusual for the plant to bloom as early as April or later on in September – as long there is rain. The flowers open during the day and close when darkness sets in.

These blooms give rise to fruits that are either red or pink and covered with numerous tiny hairs.

Check out another kind of cactus to keep you interested like “Giant Barrel Cactus – Echinocactus Platyacanthus“.

Classification of the Devil’s Head Cactus

The devil’s head cactus is part of the larger Cactaceae family – like all the good cacti. Further on in the classification hierarchy, it belongs to the Echinocactus genus and is of the Ehorizonthalonius species.

Hence, in the botanical world, it goes by the name Echinocactus horizonthalonius. Besides devil’s head cactus, other common names include horse crippler, eagle’s claw, blue barrel cactus, visnaga meloncillo, and horse maimer.

Speaking of the Ehorizonthalonius species, there are two varieties of it:

1. Echinocactus horizonthalonius var. horizonthalonius

This is the one you’ll likely encounter since it’s the most widely cultivated. It is dominant in the Chihuahuan region from Arizona, New Mexico to Texas and Northeastern Mexico.

2. Echinocactus horizonthalonius var. nicholii

You’d be hard-pressed to find this variety in extensive cultivation. It’s an endangered species limited to only a few parts of the Sonoran desert in Arizona and Mexico. Compared to the first variety above, it is taller and bears branches sometimes.

Devil’s Head Cactus – Echinocactus horizonthalonius
Cactus growing in a pot @danjo_koumuten

Growing Conditions

As mentioned above, the devil’s head cactus is a desert native. The conditions call for serious buckling up. And this succulent has perfected this.

It can survive on so little, which means you won’t need to exalt yourself as much to see it grow into an adorable gem. Nevertheless, you’ll still need to be there for your baby.

Consider the following ingredients for a healthy Echinocactus horizonthalonius.

Be sure to also check out our piece “How Fast Do Cacti Grow?” to see more on the growing conditions of cacti.

1. Watering and Soil Requirements

The devil’s head cactus is a highly drought-resistant plant owing to its water-deprived natural habitat. To grow it smoothly, you’ll have to consider this when coming up with a watering routine.

Naturally, you’ll have to be a bit moderate on this front. A heavy drink for your plant once in a while will make sure it thrives. That is, water only when the soil is completely dried out.

But that would be useless if the soil doesn’t dry out fast enough. That’s why you’ll also need to consider a potting mix that won’t stay clogged for long – drainage is paramount.

So, grab a well-draining potting mix, a cactus/succulent one to be precise!

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2. Ideal temperatures for devil’s head cactus

This succulent is not so cold hardy, so it’s essential to consider the average minimum temperatures you experience in your area before planting it outside. In which USDA Hardiness zone does your area fall?

You’ll be fine to grow it outside if your region is 8b and above. For 8a and below, you can grow the gem as an indoor plant. Alternatively, you can grow it in a pot outside so that you can bring it inside in winter.

Check out our guide to “How Long Do Succulents Live?” tos ee tips on maintaining your succulent for longevity.

3. Light requirements

This beauty is not so selective when it comes to exposure – as long as the light is coming in. It can do well in both full sun exposure and partial shade. Of course, you have to ensure enough rays are hitting it, especially when you’re raising it indoors.

4. Propagation

Propagation of the devil’s head cactus is by seeds. Allow the fruits to be significantly ripe – a bit overripe is recommended. Proceed to extract the seeds, clean, and allow them to dry.

Sow your seeds in a well-draining mix at the end of the cold season.

Check out “10 Beginner Mistakes when Growing Succulents” to see beginner mistakes when propagating and more.


Devil’s Head Cactus – Echinocactus horizonthalonius
Devil’s head cactus inside

Thank you for reading! Let us know in the comments below if you have any succulent from the cacti family in your garden. Be sure to check out similar articles from the cacti family like “Cottontop Cactus – Echinocactus Polycephalus” or “Totem Pole Cactus (Pachycereus Schottii Monstrosus)“.

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Happy Planting! 🌵

What is The Echeveria Black Prince Succulent?

Echeveria Black Prince Succulent

Calling all ye loyal subjects, come hither and witness the nobility of the plant kingdom.

With its arresting dark leaves that seem to cause a commotion wherever it buds, this low growing member of botanical aristocracy sounds like a dramatic character from a scene of Game of Thrones. This Halloween appropriate succulent has recently been gracing the backyards of Mediterranean rock gardens, container patios, and green roofs, enchanting all those who come across it.

All hail the Echeveria Black Prince Succulent!

Echeveria Black Prince Succulent
The Echeveria Black Prince Succulent @sucule_sampa

The Black Prince is small, dark and handsome

Echeveria Black Prince succulent can be described as striking clumps of 3-inch, distinguished rosettes with dark purple, nearly black leaves with a glowing green epicenter. The wide, fleshy leaves are triangular and start off growing bright green and darken as the plant matures. The more sun exposure the succulent gets, the darker the foliage becomes.

As the plant ages with time, the leaves widen out at the base and develop an acuminate tip with yellow tones on the peripheries. The Black Prince blooms during late fall and early winter. Short, leafy stalks jut out from the core of the plant and bring forth cheerful, bell-shaped, scarlet red flowers. Inside the red flowers, you will find smaller, yellow star-shaped flowers that contrast pleasantly with the whole plant.

With the right conditions, the blooms of the Echeveria Black Prince can last right through the winter.

Be sure to check out another member from the Echeveria family in “Why is the Echeveria Pulvinata Amongst Popular Succulents?“.

A noble choice for an easy-care plant

Like most succulents, Echeveria Black Prince succulent likes to settle its roots in palaces with well-draining soils. It thrives amongst sandcastles and cactus potting mix. To avoid root rot, you can add gravel or pumice to a regular potting mix to create the perfect grounds for this succulent.

1. Sunny side up

Considering that the Echeveria Black Prince descends from warm, dry regions, it is a bit of a sun worshiper. These succulents love bright filtered light and sunny outdoor locations. It can tolerate partial to full sunshine for up to 6 hours a day but should be kept under a sunshade when the temperatures start to get toasty.

Echeveria Black Princes that are grown indoors will do well to perch on a sunny, east, or west-facing windowsill that is free from strong wind drafts. You might have to move the Black Prince around the house before it finds the optimal spot where it is happiest.

The Black Prince is not a big fan of winter, but it can tolerate frost and cold temperatures for short periods. If you reside in an area with extreme winter conditions, you might want to move the Black Prince inside until the weather improves. If they have to remain outside, you can invest in frost protection.

See the difference between succulents that prefer cold weather over warm with “Summer & Winter Succulents: What’s the Difference?“.

2. Scattering the succulent spawn

The Echeveria Black Prince succulent can be propagated through seeds, leaves, offsets, and cuttings.

When selecting leaves to propagate, choose a firm, healthy leaf, and make a clean cut from the stem. Let the leaf callous over for about three days, then lay it on a cactus mix or treated potting soil for about two weeks, water only when the soil has completely dried out. You can plant your new Black Prince plant in its growing pot when the roots and a rosette appear, and the mother leaf has withered away.

As your Echeveria Black Prince plant grows, it will develop offsets at the base of the plant. You can pluck these out once they form rosettes, let them dry out for about two days, and replant them.

Make sure to also check out “How to Propagate Your Succulents Successfully” for our full guide to propagating.

3. Regal grooming tips

Like all royalty, the Echeveria Black Prince likes to look its best at all times. There are a few grooming guidelines you can follow to keep your Black Prince in tip-top shape.

  • Never let water remain in the folds of the rosette, as water can cause rot and fungal disease.
  • As the plant grows, it is normal to see the bottom leaves start to wilt away. It is okay to trim these leaves off.
  • Always remove any leaves or debris from the plant pot that may encourage pests like mealy bugs. These critters have an affinity for Echeveria. The Black Prince is mostly disease-free, but a small dose of rubbing alcohol or Neem oil should clear away any creepy-crawlies.
  • The Black Prince remains dormant during the winter and should be repotted only during the warm season when the soil is completely dry. Fertilization works best during the spring to encourage blooms.
  • Acclimate this succulent slowly to the sun to prevent sunburn or sun damage.


Echeveria Black Prince Succulent
Echeveria Black Prince Succulent growing in a planter @succulent_loves

The Echeveria Black Prince has earned his crown to the Succulent Kingdom, adding flair in every planter arrangement, because as we all know, ‘black goes with everything’!

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