Echeveria glauca  by Maree  Clarkson

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Ink sketch and watercolour in Moleskine Watercolour Notebook – 8″ × 5″

I’m absolutely mad about Echeverias and have a small section in my garden set aside just for them. My collection started off in the late 70’s when my father gave me three rosettes in a pot, which I transplanted into a rockery and soon they covered the whole area. Since then I have given away hundreds to friends, the geese got out of the pond area and made a hearty meal of them and they’ve survived many of the severe frosts we get in our area.

Echeverias are natives of Latin America—specifically Argentina and Mexico. For that reason, many of them can’t tolerate frost or cold weather. Here in Tarlton (Gauteng, South Africa), it takes them virtually all summer to recuperate from the winter, and then winter lashes out again.

Echeverias can be propagated from the pups taken from mature plants. I cut these off close to the mother plant, and stick them in a pot of their own. This method produces plants exactly like the original. Plants can also be propagated from leaf cuttings and cuttings of the flower stalk. If you attempt to grow cultivars from seed, the resulting seedlings may be slightly different in appearance.

Echeverias are noted for their striking foliage, arranged in picturesque rosettes. For some kinds, the rosettes are loose, while in others, it is very tightly packed together.

4th July 2011 – SOLD 1 Greeting card to Alma – Thank you!


My little Echeveria corner


The fat, open florets of these Echeverias (above and below), attest to the great amount of rain we’ve been having. During drought, the rosettes are smaller and more tightly packed.


Easy-to-clean Laminated print with White border for your garden shed

  1. 29th June 2011 – FEATURED in Sketching and Drawings
  2. 25th March 2014 – FEATURED by RedBubble in EXPLORE
  3. 27th March 2014 – FEATURED in Everyday Women

I am a watercolorist living on my little piece of African soil in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa. The inspiration for my art is the wonderfully rich variety of Fauna and Flora to be found throughout this beautiful country.
“There is a fine line between dreams and reality; it’s up to you to draw it.”

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  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusabout 4 years ago

  • thank you Deb!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • lisameryl
    lisamerylabout 4 years ago

    Maree, a lovely piece indeed! I enjoyed your history behind the Echeverias!

  • Thanks so much Lisa, pleased you found that interesting!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • And thank you so much for the fav Lisa!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallabout 4 years ago

    Nog ’n vreugde wat ons deel!!! I love mine too!! They are like children in my garden, always smiling at me!! Your sketch is beautiful and thanks for the info! x

  • Mine are very sparse after this last winter Liz, I’ve been giving them plenty of TLC! Pleased you like it, thanks for your lovely comment!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Thank you SO much for the fav from another Echeveria lover!!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Karirose
    Kariroseabout 4 years ago

    This is lovely! I love them as well. My grandmother, mother and consequently I, called them Hen and Chicks.

  • That always confused me when I found out they were called Hen & Chicks in the Northern Hemisphere, for we have a very grass-like plant here in South Africa that makes babies hanging from long stems, that we call Hen & Chicks! Glad you like, thank you, and it’s and great to meet another Echeveria lover!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Alexandra Felgate
    Alexandra Felgateabout 4 years ago

    very very cool!!!!! Love it!! And great to see the photos of your garden too :)

  • Aaah, thanks for that Alexandra, pleased you like it!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Karirose
    Kariroseabout 4 years ago

    The grass-like plant you’re talking about sounds like what I know as a Spider plant. LOL I always loved how the babies on the Echeveria grew on the stems and reminded me of a mother hen protecting her chicks under her wings. Funny how names change from one part of the world to another. :D Your Echeveria garden is quite lovely. I’ve got two struggling plants and one doing well in a pot… they don’t survive my depression episodes too well… lol!

  • Your depression is like our winter, the Echeverias don’t take well to it! Our Hen & chicks I’m referring to is Chlorophytum comosum – pic below – is that your spider Plant?

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Karirose
    Kariroseabout 4 years ago

    Yes, that’s one version of our Spider plant. There’s also a type that is just green with no variegation. I have those growing in my yard prolifically. :) I’ll need to make sure to cover them as well as the Echeverias, when weather gets frosty.

  • Yes, I have the plain green one as well – the frost gets them a bit every year, but it gives me an opportunity to clean up a bit because, as you say, they certain are prolific and it’s not long before they take over a complete flower bed!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • LisaBeth
    LisaBethabout 4 years ago

    very beautiful about green…

  • Thank you so much LisaBeth!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • supernan
    supernanabout 4 years ago

    I do enjoy your work..lovely x

  • Oh THANK YOU Nan! Nice of you to say so!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • almaalice
    almaalicealmost 4 years ago

    I have just spent a magical hour trawling through your site, the first time I have done just the art section front to back and I am truly blown away. I will be going back again and again. I may well resist comment but will put faves up right left and centre. Meanwhile by a strange coincidence Sally had a picture of a succulent which she had painted and it inspired this poem. I do hope it makes you smile.

    My Dad loved echevarias, and grew them year on year,
    Being so easy to propagate they popped up here and here.
    My Dad counted his pennies as old aged pensioners must
    and a visit to a garden centre set his senses fit to bust.
    ‘Have you seen the price of echevarias’ he shouted in surprise,
    You could almost see the pound signs flash before his eyes.

    From that day onwards the die was cast and pots and pots appeared
    Filled with baby echevarias which he had carefully reared
    There’s one for you and one for you, and take one for your Mum,
    He was so thrilled because he thought he’d saved a tidy sum.

    We all called them ‘ecky thumps’ because, I must confess,
    Our desire for echevarias got less – and – less and - Less.

    Another area where our lives have touched your Dad and mine bequeathing us echevarias!! Hugs Alma x

  • Now I am the one that is truly blown away – the poem is lovely Alma!! It sounds JUST like my Dad, begging slips and cuttings from everybody, and giving everybody he comes into contact with an Echeveria, convincing them that they will be saving hundreds! When he gave me mine many years ago, I reluctantly carried them home and stuck them in some far away corner in the garden, thinking I wouldn’t have to look at them again. Big was my surprise when, a couple of months later, I discovered DOZENS of Echeverias that had taken over their little space and were blooming in such gratitudal profusion that I almost broke down and cried. And I had neglected them so! On that day my love for succulents, and these little rosettes in particular, was born and I was hooked. Last week I actually bought an slightly different and more exotic one (ONLY ONE!) and he cost me an arm and a leg! He’s too gorgeous in his little pot and already has a couple of babies, just wondering if I should transplant him into the garden… I’ll send you a pic just as soon as I figure out how to use my new digital camera I bought today, my trustworthy Fuji seems to have given up the ghost after 15 years of faithful service… And thank you for viewing my whole portfolio, I know what a job that is – hope RB is still working on one being able to go directly to the last page of images i.s.o. having to scroll through the whole lot… Hugs xx

    – Maree Clarkson

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