Echeveria Perle von Nurnberg (ech-eh-VER-ee-ah) is an evergreen succulent, with parents native to Mexico belonging to the family Echeveria.
It is a very popular hybrid succulent of Echeveria gibbiflora ‘Metalica’ and Echeveria elegans (formerly E. potosina).
The hybrid was created by Richard Grassner in Germany during the 1930s.
It is popular among plant lovers due to its unique two-toned, pink highlights and white powdery dusting appearance.
This beautiful succulent plant goes by the common name: Pearl of Nurnberg
Echeveria Perle von Nurnberg Care
Size and Growth
Pearl of Nurnberg has a moderate growth rate but isn’t a very tall plant. It grows to be up to 3” to 5” tall with a spread of 6” in ideal light conditions.
The rosettes on individual flowers can be about 6” wide.
Perle grows well indoors when kept in bright light near a sunny windowsill or under grow lights. Outdoors, it is hardy in USDA hardiness zones 9 to 10.
Flowering and Fragrance
Echeveria ‘Perle von Nurnberg’ flower is extremely popular due to its attractive two-toned appearance. The rosettes are thick, fleshy with pointed leaves.
While the foliage is a nice frosty pale grayish brown, with a light pink to purple tint all over.
There is also a thin white powder along the leaves which only increases the frosted effect.
During the summer it will bloom with coral pink flowers and a yellow interior that are generally fragrance-free.
Light and Temperature
This is plant has moderate light needs. It can handle partial shade to full sun (gives best color) and should ideally get at least six hours of sun a day.
Pearl of Nurnberg is not very cold hardy, or frost resistance so ideal temperatures are above 40° degrees Fahrenheit.
However it can tolerate some cold temperatures from 25° to 30° degrees Fahrenheit.
Watering and Feeding
This plant doesn’t have very high watering needs. It is also known to be mildly drought tolerant.
Like most echeverias, Perle von Nurnberg enjoys more water when it’s in its growth phase.
Once established, decrease the frequency of watering.
However, if you live in an extremely hot climate or are growing in a container, continue with regular watering.
The best way to water Pearl of Nurnberg is to allow the soil to dry out between waterings. More in our article Watering Succulents – How To and How Often.
Soil and Transplanting
Pearl of Nurnberg enjoys a loose, well-drained and fast draining porous soil.
Add pumice and lava rocks to the soil to help increase extra drainage. However, you can also use a commercial cactus soil mix.
Transplant every few years to avoid compacted soil. Transplant Pearl of Nurnberg by removing it from its current spot, knocking away the old soil, removing and cleaning any rotting roots or leaves before planting it in its new home with fresh soil.
Learn more about making a Cactus and Succulent potting mix
Grooming and Maintenance
Pearl of Nurnberg does not generally require a lot of maintenance, however, make a point to remove all dead leaves as they shed during the plant’s growth.
This is where mealybugs like to hide.
Every three to four years, you can revive your plant’s luster with clippings and by re-rooting the solitary rosettes.
How to Propagate Pearl of Nurnberg
This is a notoriously easy plant to propagate and can be done in a number of ways.
When using leaves to propagate, don’t cut them off. Instead, gently pull the leaf away by twisting it away from the stem.
This will increase the chances of successful propagation.
Allow the leaf to dry out a few days and callous over before you plant it.
Once dried, place the leaf cuttings in well-draining soil and water them consistently whenever the soil dries out. As the leaves begin to take root began regular succulent watering practices.
Top The Plant
While this sounds quite sinister, it’s actually quite simple. Take a sharp pair of scissors and cut off the top of the plant, leaving a few inches at the base.
Once the base of the cut head has dried out, plant the rosette in fresh soil.
Follow the above watering suggested watering instructions for leaf cuttings.
Pearl of Nurnberg Pest or Disease Problems
Pearl of Nurnberg can be susceptible to mealy bugs. Inspect plants regularly and remove dead leaves left at the base of the plant.
In addition to this, it is also important to never let this plant stand in water or else the chances of root rot and other fungal diseases will increase.
While it’s rare, you should also keep an eye out for weevil and aphids just in case.
Learn more in our article on controlling cactus and succulent pests.
Suggested Uses for Pearl of Nurnberg
Apart from being a gorgeous addition to any rock garden, the Pearl of Nurnberg makes for a stunning addition to a succulent dish garden or wedding bouquets or as part of a wide floral arrangement.