Echeveria 'Perle von Nurnberg'

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Mexican Hen & Chicks

This elegant succulent forms a perfectly symmetrical, solitary rosette measuring 5-6 inches across.  Thick and stiff, rounded, pointed leaves are purple-blue with a pink edge in the center of the rosette, lightening to grey-green as they mature.  The plant is dusted with a very fine white powder sometimes referred to as “pruinose”.  The effect is stunning, making the leaves look ghostly translucent.  Over time, the rosette grows up on a slender stem. 

In mid-spring, gracefully arching spikes of coral pink flowers are produced.

This plant is ideal for growing in rock or dish gardens, and also makes a fine houseplant.

Origin: Not Native to North America


  6-10 Inches
  6-10 Inches
Flower Color:
  Pink shades
Foliage Color:
  Other (see description)
Hardiness Zone:
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Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
  Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Low water needs
  Average water needs
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts butterflies
  Attracts hummingbirds
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
How fast should it grow?:
When should it bloom?:
  Grown for its attractive foliage
How's your soil?:
  Poor Soil
  Average Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Rock Garden


Small / Miniature
Grown for attractive foliage


  Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit 1993

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Echeveria can be grown in full sun in the north, but should be given light shade in the south.  It requires sharply drained, alkaline soil and likes to be kept watered in spring and summer.  It should not be watered during the winter.


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The genus Echeveria was named to honor Mexican botanical artist Atanasio Echeverria y Godoy in 1828 by the French botanist Augustin Pyramus de Candolle who was very impressed with Echeverria's drawings.

While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.