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🌿 I've been gardening ever since a child, when I spent time with my father in his vegetable garden. But my fascination with Echeverias started in the 1980's, when my father gave me a pot with five Echeverias, which turned out to be E. imbricata. At first I wasn't much interested in them and planted them in some obscure corner of the garden and completely forgot about them. How great was my surprise when, a couple of months later, I noticed that they had spread and made a beautiful display - I was hooked!
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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Echeveria harmsii

Family : Crassulaceae
Botanical Name : ECHEVERIA harmsii
Plant Common Name : Plush Plant

This soft little fuzzy succulent has beautiful leaf colour that adds interest to small gardens and pots. It is a rosette-forming species that hails from northern Mexico. This evergreen forms small asymmetrical rosettes comprised of fleshy, football-shaped leaves with a burnished-red cast along the leaf edges. The rosette will occasionally send out pups, or lateral plantlets. As these accumulate, the plant develops a mound-like habit.

This succulent has large, beautiful flowers, but it is not a heavy bloomer. In spring it sends up stems topped with orange, bell-shaped flowers with golden throats. Each stem may include many flowers that open at different times for a longer season of colour. The blooms are highly attractive to hummingbirds.
Like most succulents, this plant prefers full sun and needs very porous soil, whether grown in a pot or a frost free rock garden. As plants age, they grow rangy but this can easily be remedied with careful pruning. The cuttings root easily in moist sand. Watering should be done sparingly as this is a very drought tolerant plant. Feed it occasionally from spring to summer occasionally with a liquid fertilizer solution at half strength.

This one started flowering shortly after I put out out in the sun in January, but I have just brought in for the winter as I'm not sure how it will handle the frost we get here.

The beautiful flowers of Echeveria harmsii - taken on my patio

Image from the web somewhere



  1. Hi Maree,
    I am looking for a picture of Echeveria harmsii and I love yours. May I insert one in my gardening website with a credit to The Succulent and Cactus Lady?

    1. Hi Isabelle, of course you may, but the very bottom pic is not mine, forget where I got it. Probably on the web somewhere. Should have put that in, sorry.

  2. Hi Maree, mine has just begun blooming the second time. Should I water/fertalize during blooming? I am new to succulent care. Thank you!

    1. Hi Megana, I was not sure whether one could fertilize during blooming, so I did some searching and found this : While you can fertilize succulents as often as once a month, especially if you're using manure tea, they will generally do just fine with one fertilizing each year in the spring. For a lot of succulents this is the beginning of their growing season so they can are ready to use the added nutrients. Apply the fertilizer in spring as new growth begins and again in late summer or early fall. Do not fertilize when the succulents are semidormant in winter.
      So I would suggest you wait till it has finished blooming and then start fertilizing again. xx


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