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Echeveria setosa (Mexican Firecracker)

Mexican Firecracker, Firecracker Plant, Firecracker Echeveria, Hen and Chicks


Very distinct, award-winning Echeveria setosa (Mexican Firecracker) is an evergreen succulent with stemless rosettes, 6 in. wide (15 cm), packed with one hundred or more fleshy, spoon-shaped, green leaves covered with dense white hairs. In late spring, it sends up 1ft. tall (30 cm) stems which bear urn-shaped red flowers adorned with yellow tips. This Echeveria offsets readily and will form a dense carpet of rose-like rosettes over time. A great choice for rock gardens, green roofs or containers.

  • Winner of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
  • Grows up to 2-3 in. tall (5-7 cm) and 12 in. wide (30 cm).
  • Easily grown in sandy, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in sun or partial shade. This succulent is drought tolerant, but does best with an occasional watering. Do not water when dormant. Fertilize sparingly to stop excessive growth
  • Perfect for rock gardens, green roofs or containers.
  • Deer resistant
  • Virtually disease free. Watch for mealybugs, vine weevil and aphids
  • Propagate by stem or leaf cuttings in spring or early summer. Separate offsets in spring
  • Native to Mexico

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 12
Heat Zones 10 – 12
Climate Zones 17, 23, 24
Plant Type Cactus - Succulents
Plant Family Echeveria
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 2" – 3" (5cm – 7cm)
Spread 1' (30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 12
Heat Zones 10 – 12
Climate Zones 17, 23, 24
Plant Type Cactus - Succulents
Plant Family Echeveria
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 2" – 3" (5cm – 7cm)
Spread 1' (30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Mediterranean Garden

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