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|Echeveria gibbiflora, native to Mexico, forms heavy stems crowned with large rosettes of spatulate, glaucous leaves of pale metallic green, with reddish margins and overlaid in frosty rose. Hummingbirds love reddish bell-shaped flowers. One form of Echeveria gibbifora has caruncles (raised, textured areas on leaves, often in opposing colors), and this single existing form with caruncles has formed the foundation of all existing hybrids that have the same trait of the carunculated leaves. Many of the Echeverias that form larger rosettes (10" or more) have also descended from Echeveria gibbiflora. Excellent in rock gardens, patio gardens or landscapes. In habitat, many Echeverias grow on rocky outcroppings at higher altitudes. In this habitat, the water drains quickly away from the roots of the plant, never allowing the plant to remain waterlogged. For this reason, it is essential in cultivation to use a very porous soil, which will allow quick drainage. Bright light is required to prevent "stretching" of Echeverias ("stretching" occurs when a moderately fast growing plant such as an Echeveria, is grown in dim light or over-fertilized, which causes overly lush growth that contributes to weak, pallid plants). Water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch. Protect from frost|