Scientific name: Echeveria laui (Kimnach & Moran)
Etymology: The genus Echeveria takes its name from the Mexican painter Atanasio Echeverria (XVIII century), Mexican artist, botanist, and naturalist famous for his paintings of plants, the name of the species derives from the Latin lilaceus (lillacino) for its lilac color ( light purple)
Origin: Nuevo Leon (northern Mexico).
Common names: Echeveria Ghost
Description: Echeveria laui is a rosette succulent very attractive for its beautiful color. It has a slow growth, reaches 15/20 cm in diameter. The leaves are silver-gray, spoon-shaped, fleshy, and arranged in a symmetrical rosette. The flowers are pale pink or coral colored. They emerge on small racemes arched on top of reddish stems of about 15 cm. The flowering period is early spring.
On the market, there are numerous hybrids (subspecies/cultivars) including Echeveria ‘Lola’, Echeveria ‘Moondust’, and Echeveria ‘Orion’.
Cultivation: They are quite simple plants. It is necessary to avoid stagnation of water and possibly wet avoiding letting the water remain on the rosettes. It would be preferable to wet from below. When dry, it is advisable to remove dead leaves from the bottom of the plant. Wet from spring to autumn when the soil is completely dry. Repot every 2 to 3 years in the spring and wait at least a week after the transplant before bathing. In winter leave dry, it resists temperatures below 0 (down to about -10 ° C).
It is quite simple to multiply it. The simplest methods are multiplication by sucker and by cutting leaves. In both cases, it is carried out in March / April by placing the leaves or stems on a mainly sandy substratum after waiting a few days for the cut to dry.
The reproduction from seed is longer but can give hybrids slightly different from the mother plant. Better to do it between January and March on the wet sandy substrate and covered with film for the first months.