Echeveria nodulosa [ech-eh-VER-ee-a nod-yoo-LOH-suh] is another stunning succulent plant.
The green leaves display colorful markings, and the bright flowers arrive in the summer.
An evergreen succulent Echeveria native to Mexico, “nodulosa” is a member of the family Crassulaceae and known by several common names:
- Painted Echeveria
- Echeveria discolor
- Echeveria misteca
- Cotyledon nodulosa
Caring For Echeveria Nodulosa
Size and Growth
The ‘Painted’ succulent Echeveria has a moderate growth rate. The stem reaches up to 2′ feet tall with wide rosettes 5″ inches wide spaced at 8″ – 10″ inches.
The summer flowers grow up to 2′ feet tall and have an erect growth.
In it’s native home in Central America where it grows on limestone hills.
Flowering and Fragrance
Echeveria discolor is an incredibly beautiful plant with multicolored foliage. Deep green rosettes with vivid red markings along the leaves give it a ‘painted’ effect.
Dull yellow flowers with pinkish red hues bloom in the summer, give it an attractive appeal. There is generally no fragrance.
Light and Temperature
Painted Nodulosa does best with a combination of partial shade and full sun. It should ideally get a few hours of direct sunlight during the early morning or early afternoon sun.
Protect the plant using a shade from the harsher sunlight changes of a late afternoon.
When planting indoors, place in a location receiving plenty of light. If you move the outdoors during the hotter season, move it gradually to acclimatize it first.
Painted Echeveria grows best in temperatures between 65° to 72° degrees Fahrenheit in USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b.
It has been reported to handle winter temperatures to 25° degrees Fahrenheit.
Watering and Feeding
Water occasionally, while the root system becomes established. Increase the frequency during the hot summer months.
Like wide varieties in the Echeveria genus, the Painted Echeveria is drought tolerant.
Do not overfeed. When feeding, use a balanced diluted liquid fertilizer weekly.
Younger plants require a fertilizer with lower amounts of nitrogen, while mature plants can handle a stronger feed.
Soil and Transplanting
Grow painted Echeveria in a pot with a drainage hole and well-drained soil. Loam and sand work best. Transplant when needed.
However, transplanting is best done during the warmer season. Before moving plants, make sure the soil is dry.
How to Propagate The Nodulosa Echeveria
Propagate painted Echeveria from stem cuttings or leaf cuttings. If using stem cuttings, remove them by hand and let them heal for a few days.
Once the cut dries, plant the cuttings in cactus soil and place it in a warm spot away from harsh sunlight. Water until plants takes root.
If starting from leaf cuttings, remove the leaves from the plant during summer and let them dry.
Plant the dried leaf in moist soil until one-third buried. Select an arm location to place the pot while rooting. Water when the potting soil begins to dry.
Leaves should establish roots in 4-6 weeks.
Painted Echeveria Pest and Disease Problems
Though Painted Echeveria is resistant to most diseases, it is susceptible to:
- Vine weevil
If this happens, wipe down the plant with a damp cloth or dust off the pests before they become a problem.
For more details, check out this article on Echeveria pests and diseases
Suggested Uses For Echeveria Nodosa Painted
This is a beautiful option for a garden plant or as a companion plant with other succulents or a houseplant due to its attractive appearance and ability to attract hummingbirds to a lively-looking garden.