Echeveria ‘Perle von Nürnberg’
Echeveria gibbiflora ‘Metallica’ x E. potosina
Echeveria gibbiflora ‘Metallica’ x Echeveria elegans ‘Potosina’
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When I did my first research on the Echeveria ‘Perle von Nurnberg’ in 2013 information suggested it was a cross between Echeveria gibbiflora ‘Metallica’ x Echeveria potosina. It also said that Echeveria potosina had become a synonym of Echeveria elegans. Now, Plants of the World Online by Kew states that both Echeveria potosina AND Echeveria elegans are accepted scientific names… I will keep checking off and on to see how long that lasts. Plant names are changing, especially succulents and cactus. You just never know when they will change and it is difficult to keep up with… Plants of the World Online was launched in 2017 are are still uploading data but supposedly their information is more up-to-date. Other websites either aren’t current or have decided not to change change scientific names, which is apparently OK… GEEZ! Many websites were using The Plant List for correct names, but that website hasn’t been updated or maintained since 2013. The Plant List was a cooperative effort between the Mssouri Botanical Garden and the Royal Botanic Garden (Kew).
Echeveria gibbiflora D.C. is the correct and accepted scientific name of one of the parent species. It was first described by Agustin Pyramus de Candolle in Prodromus Systematis Naturalis Regni Vegetabilis in 1828.
Echeveria potosina E. Walther, was first described by Eric Walther in the Cactus and Succulent Journal in 1935.
Just in case the name of the other parent changes again…Echeveria elegans Rose was named and described by Joseph Nelson Rose in North American Flora (New York Botanical Garden) in 1905.
Some information says Echeveria ‘Pearl von Nürnberg’ was originated by German nurseryman R. Graessner (either Richard or Rudolph) from Perleberg, Germany) in the 1930’s. The International Crassulaceae Network says his name is really Alfred Gräser. It further states, “The breeder added that both parents were no longer true species! And right from the beginning three slightly different forms of E. Perle von Nurnberg were propagated and distributed.” There was a form with steel-blue leaves, a form with reddish leaves, and a form with silvery-grey leaves.
It is said to be one of the most tolerant Echeveria’s as far as it’s growing conditions are concerned. It will even tolerate to much water… It can adapt to a wide range of light levels, but more light will intensify its colors…
I bought two of these plants from Lowe’s in Greenville, Mississippi in May 2010. They are one of the fastest growing I have grown to date. The stems seem to never stop growing and you have to cut tops off and regrow them from time to time. The leaves also root easily and you will soon have more than you know what to do with. Mine never flowered, though.
Zones: USDA Zones 9b-11 (25-40° F)
Size: 8-10” tall
Light: Sun to part shade
Soil: Fast-draining soil.
Water: Average water in summer, much less in the winter.
Propagation: leaf cuttings easily root.
This one decided to grow straight up for a while the others were laying down on the job.
Some Echeveria species form nice rosettes while others grow on long stems. There are so many species of Echeveria to choose from and the color range and leaf types will amaze you.
Brighter light intensifies the color on some plants while not so much on others. You can see by the above photo all plants in this pot are growing in the same conditions but only one is blushing.
<<<<NOW IN MISSOURI>>>>
After I sold the mansion in Mississippi I moved back to the family farm in mid-Mossuoru in Fabruary 2013. I gave up most of my plants but kept most of my succulents.
I decided it was time to regrow the Echeveria “Pearl von Nürnberg’ rosettes. After a while, their sprawling habit gets kind of annoying.
I had also taken several leaf cuttings which turned out somewhat strange…
Most of them grew multiple plants from a single leaf cutting. I never experienced that with any of the other succulents.
Once inside for the winter in inadequate light, their stems began stretching for more light. Echeveria needs bright light when inside. My dormacy table says Echeveria are winter dormant but I think it must be whacky!
Back outside for the summer finally!
Reluctantly, I gave up most of my plants shortly after the above photo was taken. Maybe someday I will run across another Echeveria ‘Pearle von Nürnberg’ and bring it home. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, I would like to hear from you. For further reading, click on the links below.