Echeveria prolifica (Prolific Echeveria)

Echeveria prolifica (Prolific Echeveria)

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Scientific Name

Echeveria prolifica Moran & J.Meyran

Common Names

Prolific Echeveria

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Sedoideae
Tribe: Sedeae
Subtribe: Sedinae
Genus: Echeveria


Echeveria prolifica is a small, clustering succulent with rosettes, up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) in diameter, of silvery-green leaves, offsetting abundantly and spreading by stolons to form dense, low mats. In early spring and sometimes until summer appear the small, bell-shaped flowers with short, broad (for the genus), yellow petals that are held in compact clusters at the end of decumbent, up to 10 inches (25 cm) long stems. These inflorescences also have thick, leafy bracts that fall off and root easily.

Photo by Wayne Fagerlund


USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Most of the common Echeveria species are not complicated succulents to grow, provided you follow a few basic rules. First, be careful never to let water sit in the rosette as it can cause rot or fungal diseases that will kill the plant. Additionally, remove dead leaves from the bottom of the plant as it grows. These dead leaves provide a haven for pests and Echeverias are susceptible to mealy bugs. As with all succulents, careful watering habits and plenty of light will help ensure success.

Repot as needed, preferably during the warm season. To repot a succulent, make sure the soil is dry before repotting, then gently remove the pot. Knock away the old soil from the roots, making sure to remove any rotted or dead roots in the process. Treat any cuts with a fungicide.

Most Echeverias can be easily propagated from leaf cuttings, although a few are better from seeds or stem cuttings. To propagate a leaf cutting, place the individual leaf in potting soil for succulents and cover the dish until the new plant sprouts.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Echeveria.


Echeveria prolifica is native to Mexico.


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As with most echeveria, be cautious when watering, so as to ensure you are not allowing standing water to sit within the rosette, since this might lead to fungal infections or rot. If possible, water these succulents from underneath, or by aiming the water at the root zone, as opposed to the leaves. Like most succulents these plants like to let their soil go dry in between waterings especially if placed in more shaded and cooler areas. Do not allow the roots to sit in soggy soil for too long, as they can lead to root rot.

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Echeveria prolifica (Moran & Meyr á n): True to its name, this variety is incredibly prolific. It is a small, silvery green rosette that can get flushes of pink when grown in bright sun. The leaves have a very thin layer of powdery farina to add a silvery look. This species has yet to be found in the wild and it is possible that all of the E. prolifica in cultivation are vegetative offsets (and therefore genetically identical) to the original type specimen bought at a roadside nursery in Mexico in 1969.

E. prolifica spreads quickly by sending out long stolons with new offsets that can grow fine, aerial roots anywhere along the stolon. Its stolons and bloom stalks also have leaves that easily fall off and root where they land. This is a plant that should be kept in its own pot and pruned regularly to keep it in check.

Echeveria need bright sunlight to maintain their colors and compact rosette form. They will not survive a hard frost, but if there is a risk of freezing temperatures they can be brought indoors to grow on a sunny window sill or under a grow light.

Like most succulents, they need great drainage and infrequent water to prevent rot. Pick containers with drainage holes and use well-draining cactus and succulent soil with 50% to 70% mineral grit such as coarse sand, pumice, or perlite. Water deeply enough for water to run out the drainage hole, then wait for the soil to fully dry before watering again.

Also known as "Mexican Hens & Chicks", Echeveria can produce new offsets or "chicks" around the base of the mother plant. These chicks can be left to form a tidy cluster or removed and transplanted. Additionally, Echeveria can be propagated from stem cuttings or mature leaves. Look to our Succulent Cuttings Guide for more information.

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit:Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle:Perennial
Sun Requirements:Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil pH Preferences:Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness:Zone 8b -9.4 °C (15 °F) to -6.7 °C (20 °F)
Leaves: Glaucous
Unusual foliage color
Flower Color:Yellow
Suitable Locations:Xeriscapic
Wildlife Attractant:Hummingbirds
Propagation: Other methods:Cuttings: Leaf
Containers:Needs excellent drainage in pots

Prolifically offsetting Echeveria with small rosettes. Leaves are pale glaucous green, often with pinkish tips in strong light. Flowers are bright yellow and bell-shaped with exserted stamens, with unusual features for an Echeveria (perhaps more closely allied with E. amoena and Cremnophila). Offsets by stolons to form dense, spreading mats.

Originally described in 1978 from material in cultivation in central Mexico and probably still not yet found in habitat. All cultivated plants are assumed to be clones of the original. Distributed as ISI 1388 in 1983.

Watch the video: 21100 Echeveria Prolifica Succulent Care Guide


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