Echeveria peacockii

Within the genus of echeverias, there are many types, each more beautiful and unusual. Some of them have various names by which they can be found. Today we want to focus on the Echeveria peacockii, also known as Echeveria desmetiana.

Want to know more about her? We discover all the characteristics that it has as well as the care that this echeveria with gray leaves requires.

How is the Echeveria peacockii

person with succulent in hand

Have you ever seen the Echeveria peacockii? It is a succulent native to Mexico, which, like many others, grows in the form of a rosette. It has quite thick and fleshy leaves and if you give it adequate lighting the leaves will normally stay a silvery gray or silvery blue. Sometimes, in some specimens, a touch of red also appears on the tips. However, this color will not be the same if you have it in semi-shade, where it is normal for it to have a very pale blue and there is no trace of that red color.

Within the echeverias, it is one of the ones that can grow the most in height, reaching 20-30 centimeters. As for the width, it is smaller than normal, reaching its maximum at 15-20 centimeters.

As for the flowers, yes, it gives them in mid-spring and in summer. These have an orange and red hue, garnished with a yellow hue in the center. They come from a floral rod (which, by the way, will be pink) from the center of the rosette and can grow up to 20 centimeters. They are quite showy and it is worth giving them the necessary care to see them.

Now, in the market you can find three different varieties:

  • Echeveria desmetiana croucher.
  • Echeveria peacockii variegata.
  • Echeveria desmetiana subsessiles.

Although they come from the same, there are certain differences in their leaves. For example, the variegata has light blue and white (or yellow) leaves.

Echeveria peacockii care

Succulent peacock

Now that you know a little more about Echeveria peacockii, do you want to have one? It is not a very expensive one, although it is a bit difficult to find. Even so, if you get it, you should know that You don’t need to be on top of it. She can take care of herself very well, although if you provide her with the care that we are going to give you, you will surely make her much healthier.

location and temperature

The best place where you can put the Echeveria peacockii is outdoors, but nothing would happen either (except for the coloring of the leaves) if you have it indoors.

Out it is best that it has at least 5 hours of direct sunlight and the rest that light is indirect. Instead, inside you will need to put it in a place where it can receive as much light (direct or indirect) as possible.

However, if summers are usually very hot where you live, then it is possible that an area of ​​semi-shade is better, focused mainly on avoiding the hours when the sun shines the most.

Regarding the temperature, although Your ideal would be between 18 and 28ºCthe truth is that it can withstand drops of up to 0ºC and rises of more than 40. What is important is that these are not extreme and long-lasting, since if so, it would be best to protect it.


In general, for all succulents, the best mixture that you can give is: universal earth, perlite and some gravel or volcanic stone. The more drainage it has, the better because this way you prevent the water from rotting the roots of the plant.

Also make sure the pot has plenty of drainage holes. because this is one of the echeverias that has the least tolerance to humidity and excess water.


From the above you will have interpreted that irrigation is one of the most important care, and where you can not go wrong. And so it is.

Echeveria peacockii does not tolerate underwatering, and can quickly die if you overwater. Thus, it is always best to wait until the earth is very dry. It is more tolerant to the dry period than to irrigation.

That being said, you can water it every 8-12 days in the summer, and every month in the winter. You don’t need to have more.

Of course, it will depend on other factors. For example, It is not the same to have this plant in the north of Spain than to have it in the south. The temperatures are not the same, nor is the climate, so it is possible that you have to water more in summer in the south than in the north.

A little trick that some professionals use is to touch their leaves. If they see that they are thinning a lot, and the land is dry, it indicates that it is drawing on the water reserves, so you can water it because you know it needs it.

Plagues and diseases

potted succulent

Although they do not usually affect you, they do You will have to control it a bit, especially in the case of mealybugs.

As for diseases, the most dangerous is root rot due to excess water.


Like the rest of succulents, the propagation of Echeveria peacockii can be carried out through seeds, suckers or leaves.

Of all of them, the most effective are the suckers, but these will only appear if you really give your plant good care (and they will do so naturally).

If you don’t want to wait and would like to have a new one, it is best to use the sheets to do so. To do this you have to tear off one of the leaves (always the lowest and always complete). You should place this in a pot with soil, but do not plant it, but put it on top until you see roots coming out and a small rosette beginning to form. When this happens, you can gradually add a little soil to hide the roots and place it in direct sunlight (at first, only half an hour and as it grows, the time will increase). In this way, by having indirect light and a few hours of direct light, its development will be somewhat faster.

If you like echeverias with bluish tones, Echeveria peacockii is one that should not be missing from your collection. And it’s so easy to take care of that it almost does it itself. What do you think of her?

Echeveria peacockii

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