ISI 2015-25. Echeveria ‘Moondust’

The Huntington has had this slow-growing hybrid for 20 years. It was created by that prolific hybridizer of Crassulaceae, the late Robert Grim of San Jose, CA. It combines the thick leaves of its seed parent E. laui with the more symmetrical, multi-leaved rosette of E. lilacina. Like its parents, the leaves are pale and glaucous, covered with a fine waxy bloom that rubs off when touched. We gradually propagated the plant over the years and finally produced a crop of suitable numbers for introduction only to discover that our material had become virused, imparting a blotchy pinkish coloration. In the meantime, we had shared some material with Allen Repashy of Xeric Growers who initiated it into tissue culture and coined the name in reference to the fine powdery covering of the leaves. The resulting crop seems to be clean, so we can now introduce it. HBG 77138, originally from Robert and Margaret Grim, Aug 8, 1994. $7.

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Published in the Cactus and Succulent Journal, Vol. 87 (3), May - June, 2015