Echeveria ‘Topsy Turvy’
Echeveria runyonii Rose is the correct and accepted scientific name of this plant. It was first described by Joseph Nelson Rose in the Cactus and Succulent Journal in 1935. Which is AGAIN strange because he died in 1928 at the age of 66.
The species was named in honor of an amateur botanist from Texas, Robert Runyon. He collected the type specimen from a garden in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico in 1922. No wild populations had been found until one was discovered by a staff member of Yucca Do Nursery in 1990. Echeveria ‘Topsy Turvy’ is a unique form named by Myron Kimnack, former director of Huntington Gardens.
Echeveria runyonii ‘Topsy Turvy’ was my first Echeveria. I bought it from Lowe’s in the spring of 2009 in Greenville, Mississippi. Echeveria ‘Topsy Turvy’ has neat pale blue-gray leaves and the rosettes get pretty large. It produces lots of offsets and can quickly form a nice mound about 12″ wide. They produce orange flowers.
Echeveria runyonii ‘Topsy Turvy’ is pretty cold tolerant, USDA zones 7b-10b, and Tony Avent of Plant Delights says theirs have survived 7 degree F. temperatures with no problem. I will take his word for it.
Zones: USDA zones 9b-11 (25-40° F)
Size: Up to 12” tall.
Light: Sun to part shade
Water: Regular watering during periods, sparse in winter
This was my first Echeveria, so I had a few issues with it over the winter. That was back when I was a succulent newbie, so, as a result, this plant didn’t survive the winter. I have seen a few nice specimens at Lowe’s since then, but I haven’t brought any home with me yet.
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