× Pachyveria is a small genus of succulent hybrids, bred from a cross between Pachyphytum and Echeveria species. It contains just 3 species and a wide range of cultivars have been developed. They have thick, fleshy leaves arranged in rosettes, coloured silvery-blue and coated in farina, a waxy coating that forms a powdery film over succulent leaves. It serves to repel water and protect the foliage from a range of stresses including strong sunlight, insects and water. Leaves develop fantastic pink-purple colourations under strong sunlight or cold conditions. Flowers are small and lantern-shaped, coloured in pretty pink-purple pastel shades. These are borne on arching, unbranched raceme structures in the summer. Well suited to planting in a rock garden or growing as a potted houseplant in non-tender climates. Take care with watering as succulents don't need much!
Succulent species can be easily propagated from leaves. Simply remove cleanly from the mother plant, let callus for a few days until the wound has closed and place on soil or in water and wait for roots to develop. Roots usually grow first to seek out water, followed by new leaves. This may take anywhere from a week to a few months and there is no need to water propagating succulents as they will glean all the nutrition and moisture they require from their mother leaf, which will shrivel up over time. The original leaf may be gently removed once it has dried up and become crispy in texture, only remove if it comes away easily otherwise you risk damaging the baby plant.
Succulent leaves serve as water storage organs.