Echeveria (ek-ev-veer-ee-uh); Orpine Family (Crassulaceae). Handsome succulents native to tropical America, Echeveria are characterized by rosettes of thick fleshy leaves that have a wonderful variety of color and texture. In addition to the ornamental foliage, Echeveria has pretty, tube-shaped flowers in spikes or clusters above the leaves in late spring and summer. The plants range in size from 1 inch to 2 feet. Echeveria makes a great addition to summer gardens; many used for edging formal beds.
The genus Echeveria, is named for Anastasio Echeverria y Godoy. He was an 18th century artist who documented a large amount of the flora and fauna in Mexico. In 1786 he accompanied Martin de Sesse' y Lacasta on the Royal Botanical Expedition to New Spain for King Charles III. Many of his drawings are preserved at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation in Pittsburgh, PA. Echeverias are a large genus of succulents in the Crassulaceae family. Several of the species are commonly known as Hens and Chicks.