whitish succulent with broad flatish leaves

by Jennifer
(Prescott Valley, AZ, USA)

I just got this succulent at the grocery store. It looks like it has variegated coloring. It is next to a small jade plant (I believe that one is a Crosby's Compact Jade) for size comparison.

The mystery succulent is nearly white and has some green and pink in it.

I don't think it's a jade because the new leaves come out in a swirl instead of in pairs like the jades do. I am keeping it indoors but just bought it today. I was told it was grown in a hot-house.

The leaves are kind of brittle and break easily like a christmas cactus. They are not flexible like a jade. The edges of the leaves are uneven and not smooth.

I mainly want to know what the species is and if it needs direct sunlight or indirect.
Thanks so much for your help!

Hi Jennifer, I was leaning towards some kind of variegated Crassula, but Trina has offered some other options in the comments.


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Jul 20, 2013
flatish leaves
by: Anonymous

Wow! At a grocery store?! It's an echeveria flying cloud. A collector's item.

I couldn't find anything under this name; there is Echeveria 'Misty Cloud'...
Keep looking!

Jul 20, 2013
Flatish leaves
by: Trina

I forgot to type in my name. S0 sorry about that. I also have been trying to reply back at least 3 times but spambot won't let me in :). The plant's actual name I was told is echeveria gibbiflora metallica variegate decora or simply "echeveria decora". It is a pricey echeveria in the USA so I was surprised to learn that it came from a grocery store. I guess many growers have propagated this succulent to now be found in a grocery store. What a catch!

Hi Trina - I wondered who that was! The Captcha Graphic must be having an issue, sorry about that. I'll have to do a search for your species, and move the post to the right place! Thanks for persisting!

Aug 17, 2013
Echeveria decora
by: Jennifer

Wow! So I have an even more special plant than I thought I had. I looked up "Echeveria Decora" online and it is indeed what it is. I bought it for about 5 or 6 dollars at a Safeway supermarket. Do you know how much it is really worth to a collector? Is it worth more when it's larger?

Aug 26, 2013
by: Jennifer

Just wanted to add that the jade plant in the photo is not a Crosby's Compact like I had previously thought. Now, I'm pretty sure it's a red tipped jade.

May 22, 2015
Ech. Decora
by: Mary

I have a Decora and it seems to be quite a slow grower. It is very pretty though with whitish and pinkish mottled leaves.

May 22, 2015
by: Jennifer

Well, that decora plant ended up dying after a few months. The leaves one by one got soft and brown and I would clip them off. The plant also got leggy and I had to prune off the top.

Tried rooting the clipping but was unsuccessful. It just looked horrible and was doing so badly so I ended up throwing it out. Oh, well.

The jade plant, on the other hand, is doing really well. It's 3 times the size and I've propagated numerous other plants from the clippings when I have to prune it back. (I live in a small apartment and don't have room for a big plant.)
So, sort of a happy ending, right? :)

May 22, 2015
Thanks for the update
by: Jacki

Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, plants die. Stick with what is successful!

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