Echeveria ‘Imbricata’: A Comprehensive Guide

Echeveria blue rose imbricata rosette shaped succulent imbricata

Echeveria ‘Imbricata’ is a beautiful succulent plant that belongs to the Crassulaceae family. Native to Mexico, this rosette-forming plant has powdery blue-green leaves that are symmetrically arranged and overlap one another, giving the plant its common name, “Blue Rose Echeveria”.


Echeveria ‘Imbricata’ is a low-maintenance plant that is perfect for any gardener, whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out. Here are some tips for successfully growing and cultivating Echeveria ‘Imbricata’:

Light and Temperature

Echeveria ‘Imbricata’ prefers bright light to full sun, with some protection from the hottest afternoon sun.

Learn more about the light needs of succulents like Echeveria ‘Imbricata’ here:  How Much Light Do Succulents Need?

Soil and Potting

When planting in a pot, use a well-draining potting mix and a container with drainage holes. Avoid over-watering Echeveria ‘Imbricata’, which can lead to root rot, and under-watering, which can cause the leaves to wrinkle.

Soil is an integral part of making sure your succulents like Echeveria ‘Imbricata’ are healthy and happy. Read more here: The Best Potting Soil for Succulents: A Guide to Choosing the Right Mix

Watering and Fertilizing

Echeveria ‘Imbricata’ is drought-tolerant, which means that it needs infrequent watering. Feed sparingly with a balanced cactus or succulent fertilizer during the growing season.


Propagation of Echeveria ‘Imbricata’ is most easily achieved by removing and rooting offsets as they appear at the base of the plant. It also can propagate via leaves and stem cuttings. 

Learn how to propagate your Echeveria ‘Imbricata’ and more here:  Propagating Succulents 4 Ways: The Best Guide Ever

Pests and Diseases

Echeveria ‘Imbricata’ is relatively disease and pest-free. Root rot is the most common problem when planted in poorly drained soils. In general, this plant should be kept dry and free of excess moisture to avoid fungal and bacterial infections.


Echeveria ‘Imbricata’ is commonly grown as a garden ornamental, in rock gardens, succulent gardens, or in container gardens. Its powdery blue-green leaves and symmetrical rosette form make it a great accent plant or a colorful and unique ground cover. Additionally, Echeveria ‘Imbricata’ is popular among succulent collectors because of its unique leaf patterns and vibrant color.


Echeveria ‘Imbricata’ is a beautiful, low-maintenance succulent that can add interest and color to any garden or indoor collection. With proper care and cultivation, it can be a long-lived and easy-to-grow addition to your collection. Remember to keep it dry and in a warm place, it can well grow in a drought-tolerant condition.

Echeveria blue rose is a stunner that is beloved by collectors worldwide imbricata

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Echeveria imbricata flower in the spring imbricata

About Echeveria ‘Imbricata’

Echeveria ‘Imbricata’ is one of the oldest succulent hybrids having been created in 1874. Its parentage is thought to be E. secunda ‘Glauca’ x E. gibbiflora ‘Metallica’.

Another nickname for Echeveria ‘Imbricata’ is “Blue Rose” for obvious reasons. It is one of my very favorite succulents to collect. When stressed, its tips turn a beautiful blush pink color. Don’t you wish we got prettier when under stress?!

You can see how easy it was to earn the nickname blue rose imbricata