Blue Rose Echeveria

Blue Rose Echeveria

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Echeveria 'Imbricata' (Blue Rose Echeveria)

Echeveria 'Imbricata' is a popular succulent with tight rosettes of flat, grey-green leaves. The rosettes grow up to 8 inches (20 cm) in…

Echeveria Imbricata Care: Learn To Grow The Blue Rose Echeveria

A favorite echeveria succulent plant hybrid, Echeveria imbricata [ech-eh-VER-ee-a im-brih-KAY-tuh] produces blue-green leaves forming tight rosettes.

The small, evergreen succulent is one of the hardiest plants in the echeveria genus and member of the Crassulaceae family.

It’s one of the oldest echeveria hybrids, created as a cross between Echeveria metallica and Echeveria glauca.

It also goes by the common name blue rose echeveria or hens and chicks.

Keep in mind the common name “hens and chicks” refers to a lot of different plants that freely produce offsets.

While echeverias are native to Central and South America, they can grow indoors in almost any region.

Use this guide to ensure your succulent plants gets the right amount of sun, water, and care.

Care and Propagation Information

General Care for Echeveria imbricata “Blue Rose”

“Blue Rose” is popular among succulent lovers, and is one of the most common Echeverias you can find. It is one of the oldest Echeveria hybrids that is documented, being a combination of Echeveria glauca and Echeveria metallica.

As “Blue Rose” grows, the older leaves towards the bottom of the stem dry up, with healthy, newer leaves forming at the top. The leaves are covered by a powder, protecting the succulent from sun damage.


“Blue Rose” has typical watering needs for a succulent. It’s best to use the “soak and dry” method, and allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings.

Where to Plant

“Blue Rose” is not cold hardy, so if you live in a zone that gets colder than 30° F (-1.1° C), it’s best to plant this succulent in a container that can be brought indoors. It does well in partial sun to partial shade.

How to Propagate Echeveria imbricata “Blue Rose”

“Blue Rose” can be difficult to propagate, since it is a slow grower. You’ll find the best success by propagating leaves or offsets.


To propagate Echeveria imbricata “Blue Rose” from leaves, twist a leaf from the mother plant. Be sure that none of the leaf remains on the stem, or you will have a smaller chance of success.

Allow the leaf to dry out for several days so that the end callouses over, and then place on well-draining soil. Water whenever the soil is completely dry.


“Blue Rose” will produce small offsets, sprouting up around the base of the plant. Simply pull these up and allow the offsets to dry for one to two days before replanting.


Watering is the most important aspect of proper Echeveria care. Echeverias, like most succulents, do not require much water. It is better to under-water Echeverias than to overwater them, as they can quickly succumb to root rot if overwatered.   Wait until the soil has dried out completely before watering your Echeveria, and then give it a good watering, letting the water stream through the drainage holes of the pot.

During the summer months, Echeveria will need to be watered more frequently than they will in the winter.

High Desert Plant Finder & Guide

Other Names: Hens And Chicks

This variety is very drought tolerant, producing tight rosettes of rounded and cupped powder blue foliage with pale pink edges distinctive red flowers with yellow tips in spring to early summer ideal for containers in bright indoor areas

Blue Rose Echeveria features unusual bracted red tubular flowers with salmon overtones and yellow tips rising above the foliage from mid spring to early summer. Its attractive succulent round leaves remain powder blue in color with distinctive shell pink edges and tinges of gray throughout the year. The coral-pink stems can be quite attractive and add to the plant's interest.

This is a dense herbaceous evergreen houseplant with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other indoor plants with less refined foliage. This plant should not require much pruning, except when necessary to keep it looking its best.

When grown indoors, Blue Rose Echeveria can be expected to grow to be about 8 inches tall at maturity extending to 12 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 12 inches. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years. This houseplant will do well in a location that gets either direct or indirect sunlight, although it will usually require a more brightly-lit environment than what artificial indoor lighting alone can provide. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and may die if left in standing water for any length of time. This plant should be watered when the surface of the soil gets dry, and will need watering approximately once each week. Be aware that your particular watering schedule may vary depending on its location in the room, the pot size, plant size and other conditions if in doubt, ask one of our experts in the store for advice. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soil. Contact the store for specific recommendations on pre-mixed potting soil for this plant.

There are many factors that will affect the ultimate height, spread and overall performance of a plant when grown indoors among them, the size of the pot it's growing in, the amount of light it receives, watering frequency, the pruning regimen and repotting schedule. Use the information described here as a guideline only individual performance can and will vary. Please contact the store to speak with one of our experts if you are interested in further details concerning recommendations on pot size, watering, pruning, repotting, etc.


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