Echeveria Subsessilis (Ech-eh-VER-ee-a Sub-SES-sil-iss) is one of the many beautiful Echeveria plant varieties which belong to the family Crassulaceae.
Subsessillis is also known as Echeveria ‘Morning Beauty’, and looks similar to E. peacockii.
Some catalogs list the succulent plant as E. peacockii var Subsessillis, however, the form originates naturally high in the mountains of Mexico.
Echeveria Subsessilis Care
Size & Growth
This echeveria plant species is 3″-4″ inches wide with small rosettes reaching 3″ inches.
A thick farina coating on the leaves give the plant a soft powdery look and allows the plant to tolerate full sun.
Bluish green leaves form beautiful rosettes with a tinge of pink along the leaf margins.
Flowering and Fragrance
In spring, yellow-orange to red flowers emerge on erect, upright, unbranched stems, which then curve over.
Light & Temperature
Outdoors subsessilis prefers full sun. Indoors plants need bright light and are perfect for life on a sunny windowsill.
Bright light helps maintain a compact rosette and vibrant colored leaves.
The plant is not cold-hardy and will not handle a hard frost.
During the spring and summer growing season ‘Morning Beauty’ Echeveria prefers a warm temperature between 65° to 80° degrees Fahrenheit.
During the fall and winter months, maintain temperatures between 60° to 75° degrees Fahrenheit.
Watering and Feeding
As with all Echeverias, Subsessilis likes infrequent watering and prefers dry conditions after the plant becomes established.
Do not overwater!
After watering, allow the soil to dry completely before watering again. Once per week should be adequate.
If you detect wrinkled leaves, it is an indication that the plant needs more water.
Fertilize during the summer months with a liquid fertilizer at half strength.
Soil & Transplanting
The plant needs excellent drainage and porous soil.
Use pots or containers with drainage holes and plant a well-draining succulent soil mix.
The soil mix should contain 50-70% perlite, pumice or sand.
Grooming and Maintenance
The Echeveria species do not require much grooming or maintenance other than removing dead leaves.
These species are easy to care for and are drought tolerant.
How To Propagate Morning Glory Echeveria
Just like other types of succulents, subsessilis will grow from seeds.
However, propagation through offsets produced at the base of the plant and leaf cuttings will offer better results.
- Best to propagate in spring or summer
- Remove the offsets with a sharp knife and plant them individual containers.
- When propagating from leaf cuttings
- Remove a few leaves from the plant (mature leaves root fastest)
- Allow them to dry for about 24 hours
- Place the cut ends in a moist, succulent potting mix.
- Avoid covering the pot as succulents start rotting if there is too much moisture.
- Place the pot or tray in an area which is airy and warm with indirect light.
- Occasionally mist or water, making sure the soil is not too damp.
- Leaves will begin to sprout roots within a month.
- Once the plant has grown a bit, transfer it in a small pot.
Echeveria Pest or Disease Problems
Keeping plants dry will eliminate much of the potential for disease.
Other than root rot from overwatering, the plant is free of most pest.
However, but keep on a lookout for aphids and mealybugs hiding in the rosettes.
If you notice these pests, handle them quickly to avoid spreading to other succulents in your collection.
Check out our PlantCareToday article on aphids and mealybugs on succulents for more details.
Suggested Echeveria ‘Morning Beauty’ Uses
‘Morning Beauty’ makes a wonderful potted house plant and window companion.
As small plants, they make beautiful displays when used in indoor terrariums and in mixed container succulent gardens.
They make outstanding additions to an outdoor succulent or rock gardens. Use them both indoors and indoors.
Whatever location you choose, make sure the plant receives lots of bright light and do not over water.