Echeveria “Runyon”, also known as Echeveria runyonii, is a small, stemless succulent plant with a rosette of fleshy leaves that occasionally produces offsets. The leaves are green, triangular and some have a distinctive grey waxy coating on the leaves – this is natural (it acts as a sun screen) and should not be cleaned off.
Pink-orange flowers may appear in summer appear on a single slender stalk that may be as much as 20cm high.
Echeveria runyonii is named after Robert Runyon, a plant collector from Texas who collected them from his travels in Mexico
Echeveria, like most succulents, must have a period of darkness every day in order to photosynthesize. This is an adaptation to preserve moisture. The pores in the leaves (stomata) open only at night, to reduce the risk of the plant drying out. This means that carbon dioxide from the air is absorbed at night and chemically stored as malic acid. When the sun comes out, the stomata close to prevent moisture loss, and the carbon dioxide is released into the tissue of the plants where it reacts with sunlight and water to produce carbohydrates. All our potted plants come in compostable coir pots.