Flowers on Cousin Bob the Echeveria

echeveria blooming in sunlight

Cousin Bob the Echeveria blooming in full sun

If you could see in the ground space around that picture, you’d see the jittery shadow of me jumping up and down in glee. What I hope are tiny colored buds are decorating an extended stalk on the not-completely-identified Echeveria shown here. Since I don’t have a label for him, I’m calling him Cousin Bob.

This may or may not be a good thing. I’ve heard tales of plants flowering as a last gasp effort to propagate the species before dying. I do know that these two echeveria have been some of the weirdest plants I’ve watched for any length of time. I hear they want full sun, so I put them in full sun, and they act like they’re in shade – pushing up long stems and growing like mad. Maybe they think they’re sunflowers?

As with almost all projects, I did some research on the ‘net to find out what the heck is going on, and found this interesting how-to on echeveria at According to this, I’m doing things right. This means I’m doing things right, or I need to do more research!