Crested Echeveria

by Jacki
(Grand Forks, B.C.)

Crested Echeveria

Crested Echeveria

Echeveria, like all plants, can mutate. Sometimes this creates yet another gorgeous rosette forming succulent, other times something more sinister looking.

This fasciation as it's called, is simply one way that these mutations appear, and they can form a brand new kind of plant. These are called 'cristate' or 'monstrose' versions. In time, the normal parts of these plants can just crowd out the monstrose parts, so it's important to cut those off, as they're much more vigorous.

These monstrose or cristate plants are genetically identical to the normal versions, with just this expression of different tissue. In most cases, it's not caused by a virus, the most common reason for the different tissue to emerge.

Enjoy your monster!

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Oct 03, 2017
Looks like Crested Fred Ives
by: Lotta

I have one that looks just like the picture. I think it is a Graptoveria Crested "Fred Ives'.

Jan 19, 2019
Crested echeveria in SanDiego thanx for the ID!
by: margie

It took a min. to find my chested echeveria but here it is.

I was so interested in why this plant I've actually adopted on the rooftop of my apartment building in downtown San Diego had, in places, created these stalks that widened at the end producing these tightly clustered small leafs.

These crested stalks look very different than the rest of the "normal" stalks. I have cut them off and replanted and can't wait to see how they continue to grow.

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