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Mexican Rosette

Another post, another pot plant – but this time I do know its name and where its from.  Its an Echeveria and its as Mexican as tequila and sombreros.  The leaves form an attractive rosette and have a waxy feel to them.  They are very easy to propagate, with a new plant growing from a single leaf.  In fact, my plants have all grown from a single leaf harvested from a friend’s garden.

You may be forgiven for thinking this little plant is South African as you can find them across the country, from dorpies in the Karoo to gardens in Melville.  Also, its part of the Crassulaceae family, as are many other South African succulents.

Interesting fact, courtesy of my What Flower Is That? book.  The name of the genus commemorates a Mexican botanical artist, Atanasio Echeveria.

echeveria
echeveria
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My first plant (and post)

This was the first plant I bought so I think its fitting that it feature in my first post on gardening.  I got it from the farmers market in Westville and its been with me for over five years.  It sparked my interest in plants and was the first of many succulents and cacti I bought and still have.

Its spines are long and sharp and feel a bit like an animal’s claw.  It is very slow growing and hasn’t flowered in the time I have had it. I have no idea of its name or if it is in fact indigenous to South Africa so if any one recognises it, please comment.

My first cactus
My first cactus