Sunday, January 9, 2011

A Blooming Mystery

We're not big on efficiency here among the leaves. As I've mentioned before, I have a tendency to misplace plant tags. I don't keep formal records of my plants, or of plant-related information or tasks, though I've made half-hearted attempts at spreadsheets in the past. I do have an excellent memory for the most part, but there are times when it fails me.

Unidentified succulent plant

Apparently this time it has failed me spectacularly. I don't remember where I purchased this plant, or how long I've had it. It doesn't particularly bother me that I don't have an ID for it now; it does bother me that I don't remember if I ever had an ID for it.

I'm inclined to think that it is an Echeveria or a Graptoveria. The leaves suggest the latter to me, however the flowers are very Echeveria-like.

Three views of the flowers. In form, they look exactly like the flowers of all the other Echeveria varieties I grow, and the color is similar as well.

If anyone knows what this is, I'd be happy and grateful to hear from you. In the meantime, I think I'll have another go at making a spreadsheet to keep track of things.

8 comments:

Julie said...

Oh, those flowers are just lovely!!! The color and the way they drape...
These darn succulent ID mysteries just kill me...some are so hard to ID...makes you want to scream! I will have a look in my book and see if I can find anything...

Julie said...

Could it be Echeveria 'Black Prince' seen HERE???
Here's the link in case above doesn't work! http://www.thesucculentgarden.com.au/echev.html#thumb

Julie said...

I mean 'Black Knight'! Sorry.

Drought Smart Plants said...

It's not Black Knight I don't think. It is definitely some type of Echeveria - possibly agavoides?? They are hard to ID!

Mandy said...

Whatever it is, it's lovely! I just love Echeveria blooms, so I'm going with an Echeveria as well. Any of my Graptovaria (think I got the spelling wrong) that bloom are always much smaller than my Eche's. I'm not sure how I missed all your posts...I was just wondering where you were and it was me that was missing! Going to get caught back up now.

Mandy said...

Meant to say something about your spreadsheet idea. Not So Angry Red Head had a great idea about using an index card system for tracking. I'm going to tweak it a little for me and start a 3 ring binder...that way I have room to put a picture of the plant and make notes as I need them. I'm good about cataloging them in my computer picture files, but that only gives me the name at a glance.

Karen715 said...

Julie: Thank you for your help. I don't think that it is Echeveria 'Black Knight'. I have one of those, and it is much darker than the Mystery plant. The picture on the site you linked makes 'Black Knight' look lighter than it is, and my picture makes the Mystery Plant look darker than it is. It actually rather light and silvery. (I get Black Prince and Black Knight mixed up too. I try to keep track by remembering that Black Knight has longer, narrower leaves, like a sword a knight would carry.)

The Mystery Plant does however, resemble a couple of other plants on that page, especially Echeveria agavoides x 'Black Prince', so I'm thinking that Drought Smart Plants is onto something. It could well be an E. agavoides cross or cultivar. So thank you, as well.

Mandy Welcome back and thanks for the ideas.

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Hi ya! I think you might have a hybrid there. Very nice. Looks like a combo between agavoides and black knight. I think everyone is leading you in the right direction. It is fairly dark so it does not fit with agavoides.