Echeveria purpusorum (Rose) A. Berger is the correct and accepted scientific name of this species. It was first described as such by Alwin Berger in Natürlichen Pflanzenfamilien, 2nd Edition, in 1930. It was FIRST described as Urbinia purpusii by Joseph Nelson Rose in Contributions from the United States National Herbarium (Smithsonian Institution) in 1911.
Echeveria purpusorum is a native of Mexico, somewhere in Puebla, near San Luis Atolotitlán. It was named after brothers Carl A. and Joseph A. Purpus. Carl was a German botanist and explorer in Mexico and the U.S. and Joseph was German horticulturalist. They were together when this species was discovered.
I bought this plant from Lowe’s in June 2014. It is very slow growing and takes years to reach a good sized specimen. Even though smaller, I think it looks very good.
Origin: Central and southwest Mexico.
Zones: USDA Zones 10a-11 (30-40° F)
Size: Under 6”
Light: Sun to light shade
Water: Regular watering during growing period, sparse in winter
Propagation: Leaf cuttings
I really liked this little Echeveria but I gave up most of my plants shortly after the above photo was taken. Hopefully, someday I will find another Echeveria purpusorum and bring it home.
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