Mysterious Echeveria

by Corey
(Manchester, NH)

Hey there. I found your site very impressive, I was wondering if you could help me- I'm on the hunt. I'm looking for a type of Echeveria (I think).

It grows nearly flat to the ground/top of the pot, has rounded leaves in a tight rosette (you can't see the soil through them), is green and can grow to be quite large in width like a cd or a plate.

I've bumped into this type of plant twice before, fallen in love, and alas been separated from it. Now I can't find it online or in any shops for the life of me. Any ideas what this mystery plant could be? Thanks for your time!

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Jan 14, 2011
Echeveria? Possibly - or not.
by: Jacki

Your mission sounds interesting - I haven't come across exactly the plant you describe, but one that sounds similar and may be a starting point isn't an Echeveria at all, but a close cousin, Graptopetalum. These are so close that occasionally they are cross pollinated with Echeveria to form xGraptoveria hybrids, a generic cross (most hybrids are between species, not genera). The one that comes the closest to your description is Graptopetalum pentalum 'Superbum', which sounds very similar except for the colour which is a pale mauve.

In the middle of the night I had one of those aha moments - could it be
Aeonium tabuliforme? This fits your description too.

Hope you find what you're looking for.

(By the way, Corey sent this via email, but unfortunately the email address on the form was incorrect so I had no way to respond - please double check your address when you send me an email!)

Apr 27, 2011
by: Anonymous

Hi Corey, perhaps you saw one of the 'dinner plate' Aeoniums which grow extremely low to the ground?

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