Camera : Canon EOS 550D
Last winter I took a couple of Echeverias out of the garden and planted them in a small crate and brought it into the house. It is amazing how they flourished as compared to the outside ones that had to deal with our severe Tarlton frost (Gauteng, South Africa).
Echeveria elegans (Mexican snow ball, Mexican gem, white Mexican rose) is a species of flowering plant in the Crassulaceae family, native to semi-desert habitats in Mexico. It is a succulent evergreen perennial growing to 5–10 cm (2–4 in) tall by 50 cm (20 in) wide, with tight rosettes of pale green-blue fleshy leaves, bearing 25 cm (10 in) long slender pink stalks of pink flowers with yellow tips in winter and spring.
As it does not tolerate temperatures below 7 °C (45 °F), in temperate regions it is grown under glass with heat. Like others of its kind, it produces multiple offsets which can be separated from the parents in spring, and grown separately – hence the common name “hen and chicks”, applied to several species within the genus Echeveria.