I almost killed it by underwatering but now this reddish succulent is happier - what is it?

by Leah Benamy
(Kibbutz Lotan, ISRAEL )

What kind of succulent is this? The plant identifying app says its Echeveria black prince, which doesn’t make sense to me as it is not a rosette in any way! It’s not acting like an aloe and it has no spots or stripes so not a Gasteria?
I live in Israel’s southern Arava desert and all my succulents are outside in bright indirect sunlight, except the aloes and delosperma which are thriving in full sun.
I want to repot this succulent and separate the smallest bud to its own pot but first I need to learn more about it.

Thanks!

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Jul 29, 2020
The App
by: Jacki Cammidge, Certified Horticulturist

The app may have been right. This does look like Echeveria 'Black Prince' or even 'Black Knight'. They may not all look like perfect rosettes, if they get the wrong conditions.

I think it looks really crammed in the pot, so repotting it is the right move. Make sure the pot has drain holes, and for Echeveria, not a plastic pot - they like more air for the roots, so something like a terracotta clay pot, or hypertufa maybe.

Sorry I can't be more definitive - it will appreciate the bigger pot, and maybe it will be more obvious as to what it is then.

Echeveria 'Black Prince'

Echeveria 'Black Knight'

Terracotta Clay Pots

Hypertufa

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