Echeveria Lilacina “Ghost Echeveria”

Echeveria Lilacina

Last updated on July 13th, 2022 at 12:59 pm

Echeveria Lilacina is a gorgeous Echeveria that thrives in the sun. It produces purple flowers and leaves that are green with brown spots, which grow to be around 12 inches tall. Echeveria Lilacina prefers well-drained soil, so ensure you water it liberally during the summer months. The plant can be propagated by cuttings or seedlings, but make sure they are planted in the ground as soon as possible for best results!

Echeveria Lilacina is also called ‘Ghost Echeveria’ and is widely known for a stunning looking succulent. As the plant grows, you can expect it to et to around 15 centimeters (or 6 inches) high and about 17.5 centimeters (7 inches) in size

These plants need a lot of sunlight, so they should be kept in an area where there is good air circulation and ventilation to prevent rot. They also do well in dry climates without too much humidity or rain, since the leaves can easily become slimy with waterlogged roots.

This post will provide you with some useful information about Echeveria Lilacina including how it grows, what kind of light it needs, and temperature requirements!

Origin and description

Echeveria Lilacina

Echeverias are native to South America and Mexico. Echeverias have been cultivated for centuries in these regions of the world. They are fairly easy to grow indoors or outdoors but they do require an ample amount of water, so be sure you set up your watering schedule accordingly.

Echeveria Lilacina is a bulbous perennial plant that comes from Mexico. It grows to be about two feet tall and one foot wide, with thick fleshy leaves that are greenish-grey in color. The flowers of the Echeveria Lilacina tend to be pale pink or white blooms on short stems.

Echeveria Lilacina is commonly used in succulent bouquets. These plants bloom year-round, and they can be propagated by taking cuttings from the ends of stems that have flowered. They are best suited to containers or rock gardens where their beautiful blooms can be appreciated up close. Along with other varieties of echeverias, they are excellent houseplants that require very little care.

Echeveria lilacina is a slow-growing species of succulents native to Mexico. It grows as rosettes with blueish leaves and showy white, pink, or lavender flowers in late winter through spring. A member of the genus Echeveria, it was first described by George Engelmann in 1859.

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Echeveria comes from the Spanish botanist Atanasio Echevarría, while lilacina refers to its pale lavender color that looks like an early spring flower. Echeveria lilacina is a rosette succulent, meaning it has multiple stems that come from one base.

Echeverias can be used in rock gardens or pots and need porous soil to allow the roots to receive oxygen. A well-draining Echeveria mix with sand and perlite will work well. Echeveria Lilacina is also drought-tolerant, which makes it a great houseplant.

Echeveria Lilacina’s flowers are not the easiest to find but many people enjoy their beauty when they do bloom in late spring or early summer. The flowers come in pale lavender and blend into its surrounding foliage well.

Echeveria lilacina propagation

Echeveria Lilacina

Propagation is easy as long as you stick to a few guidelines. In the wild, echeverias often grow in rocky areas with very little soil. Echeveria seeds need light for germination and only require about 30 percent humidity during this period of time. If your echeveria already has offsets growing around it, propagation is the best way to obtain more of these unique succulents.

To propagate Echeveria Lilacina , simply take cuttings, allow them to dry out for about two days, and then plant them in a small pot with well-draining cactus soil.

A few things to keep in mind before you start propagating your echeveria are:

  • Propagation is not instant; it can take up to a year for the plant’s stem and roots to grow.
  • The new offsets that will be growing on your mother succulents are genetically identical, so make sure they’re close enough in appearance to the mother plant.
  • The new offsets will need their own pots when you’re ready to transplant them into a decorative planter or just start giving them away as gifts!
  • Keep an eye on your echeveria’s roots, they do not like being held down and can rot if there isn’t enough drainage.
  • Be sure to not overwater your mother plant, echeverias are succulents after all! They need very little water.

Where to Plant Echeveria Lilacina

Echeveria Lilacina ‘Ghost Echeveria’ succulents require strong light. When planting this succulent in your garden, ensure it gets full to partial sun as this is best for its development. It is much better to grow outside instead of indoor.

This kind of succulent chooses a warm environment and can survive at zone 9b to 11b which is around 25°F  (-3.9°C). It is much better to plant Ghost Echeveria in an indoor environment if you live in a cold location. As long as it gets enough sunshine, the plant will grow gladly.

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How to Propagate Echeveria Lilacina ‘Ghost Echeveria’ By Leaves

When propagating Ghost Echeveria with leaves, you should carefully get leave from the parent plant. It needs to be a healthy leave that has no part left on the stem. In this way, the propagation will work.

Allow the leaves to callous by waiting for a few days. Use well-draining soil for your brand-new succulent plant. When the soil dries out, do not forget to water.

How to Propagate Echeveria Lilacina From Cuttings

When propagating Ghost Echeveria from cuttings, carefully cut a leaf from the parent plant with a clean knife or scissors. Prior to replanting, allow the leaf to callous by waiting for a few days. Well-drained soil should also be used. And do not forget to water when the soil looks dry.

How to Propagate Echeveria Lilacina from Seeds

This succulent type is a sluggish grower so even if it can be propagated by its seeds, this technique is not recommended. To propagate from the seeds, plant the seeds in a well-draining soil mix. This approach can be used outdoors. In cooler locations, indoor propagating is advised.


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Echeveria lilacina care

Echeveria Lilacina

Light requirements

Echeveria Lilacina likes bright light but not direct sunlight. It does well in a variety of lighting conditions. However, it grows best when provided with between four and six hours of direct sunlight per day.

Soil/potting mix

The media you use for your echeveria Lilacina will have a big impact on how it looks, as well as its health and growth rate. There are many great options available that work really well with this type of succulent! Most gardeners like to mix their own soil blends from different parts for convenience but if they’re looking for a pre-mixed option, they can always opt to purchase some from their local garden center.

Echeveria Lilacina requires well-draining soil but it is important that the planting medium remains moist at all times since this bulb type prefers water retaining conditions with ample drainage. A good quality cactus or succulent mix works well with echeveria Lilacina since it is designed to promote drainage.

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The more often you water your Echeveria, the faster it will grow. To help prevent over-watering and root rot, don’t allow the pot to sit in water for days after watering. Allow at least an inch of space between the top layer of soil and the rim of the pot.

Echeveria Lilacina is a drought-tolerant plant, so remember to be patient and give the roots time to drink before draining any excess water from the saucer under your container or taking it away altogether. If you are in an area where temperatures drop below freezing (32 degrees Fahrenheit), bring Echeveria inside.

Echeveria Lilacina is succulent and stores water in its fleshy leaves. Watering can be cut back during the winter months when your plant slows down and does not need as much attention. If you live in an area that has freezing winters, protect your Echeveria by covering the soil with mulch.

Water your Echeveria Lilacina when the soil is dry about an inch deep. Let the water drain out of it completely before you resume normal watering practices. If you notice that its leaves start turning yellow and falling off, think about what it is telling you.


It’s important to fertilize your Echeveria Lilacina about once a month during the summer months. Do not over-fertilize though, as too much fertilizer can damage this succulent. A good time for fertilizing is in the morning when it’s already bright outside because any type of fertilizer could burn leaves if it’s applied in low light.

Echeveria Lilacina should be fertilized a couple of times a year during the winter, but only about half as much as it would receive from summertime fertilizer. Keep your soil moist at all times to ensure your plant has access to enough water.


Echeveria Lilacina requires cool temperatures to survive. It should be kept in a greenhouse at all times, where the temperature is around 40-50 degrees Fahrenheit during winter months and 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit otherwise. Additionally, it can withstand frost but only if this takes place for just one night.


Echeveria Lilacina does well in a range of humidity, from dry to humid. The best humidity range is around 50% to 60%. When the humidity is low, use a room humidifier or place your plant on top of pebbles in the water.


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Echeveria is not very complicated. They respond well to pruning, so it can be done anytime you want or need to remove dead leaves and stems for any reason.

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When to repot

Echeverias are best repotted in spring, but it is also ok to do so during summer. Repot into a pot that has slightly bigger dimensions than the previous one.

When you want to repot is up to you. It can be done at any time really, but it is best not to do so in the middle of winter or during a plant’s dormancy period.


Most echeverias do not need dormancy, but Lilacina is an exception. During the summer months when growth slows, stop watering and let the soil dry out completely between waterings in order to induce dormancy (similar to what happens during winter).

Flowers & Fragrance

Echeveria lilacina offers a beautiful array of blue-gray foliage with bright pink edges and deep purple flowers.

The flowers are produced in autumn and winter, but only when the days are short. The blooms remain open for just a day or two before closing at nightfall to protect their nectar from opportunistic insects.

Growth rate

Echeveria Lilacina has a moderate growth rate. Since it is a succulent plant, it will grow slowly compared to other plants.


Echeveria Lilacina is not considered to be toxic.

USDA Hardiness Zones

Echeveria Lilacina is hardy to USDA zones 11 and above.

There is no mention of an exact lowest hardiness zone, however, the plant can survive in many climates including temperate regions like those found on coasts or high altitude regions with cool summers such as mountainous areas. Echeveria plants are generally cold-hardy and can survive temperatures as low as -15°F (-26°C)

Pests and diseases

Echeveria Lilacina is prone to red spider mites and mealybugs. Keep an eye out for both of these pests, as they can quickly take over a succulent garden if not addressed immediately. If you see any bugs or damage on your Echeveria (or other cacti and succulents), you should take action immediately.