Echeveria purpusorum

Small stiff rosette with pewter leaves flecked in red. Tolerates more sun / drought than other echeveria.
height 2–4in
width 2–4in
tolerates Cool Summers, Drought, Fog, Narrow Planting, Pots, Wind
Echeverias are drought tolerant, but they look best with water every couple of weeks once they’re dry. Most need some additional summer water or fog drip to survive and thrive, especially away from the coast.

Keep an eye out for wrinkled leaves, inward curving leaves, or atrophy of lower leaves, which are indicative of underwatering. Remember that some stress like this is normal for echeveria during drought.

Avoid watering the crown and especially don’t water in the crown late in the day.

Aphids on echeveria flower spikes are symptomatic of overwatering while in bloom.
exposure Full Sun
drainage In Ground: Cactus Mix, In Pots: Cactus Mix
fertilizing All Purpose
origin Mexico

Outdoor Exposure Guide


Full Sun
Six or more hours of sun beams directly landing on the plant's leaves.

Part Shade
Three to five hours of sun beams directly landing on the plant's leaves.

Part Sun
One to two hours of sun beams directly landing on the plants leaves.

Full Shade
The plant is never fully lit by sun beams, but is in a bright spot or has dappled sunbeams playing over the leaves throughout the day.

Deep Shade
The plant never has dappled light on the leaves, and is in a place that feels dim, even on a nice sunny day.

Growing Notes

Upright shoots of dangling candy corn flowers are usually present in the spring. They come in warm colors from yellow to red and pink. Prune off older dead flower spikes once they are dry and brittle.
Most echeveria are cool-colored in light shade, but they can also show warm tones when placed in a sunnier exposure.

Special Interest

Echeverias can be propagated by laying leaves on lightly moistened cactus mix. Wait for roots to form and then nestle them into the soil.

Cutting propagation is also possible on stemming varieties; cut back the stem by half, allow the top to callus and then plant. The bottom will also grow new heads.