Mexican Gem is native to Mexico and has succulent leaves that form a stemless rosette. This species produces a silver-blue rosette that puts forth disproportionately long spikes of pink and yellow flowers in spring or summer. This plant is a wonderful clumping colonizer and develops off-shoot babies that spread and root where they touch soil, often giving them the name of tropical hens and chicks.
This succulent thrives in full sun and prefers dry sandy soil that is moist in summer. Occasional watering is necessary, but overwatering is detrimental, especially in winter or in shade. In hottest climates, afternoon shade will prevent leaf scorching. Use Mexican gem as a sunny window houseplant, outdoors in a rock garden, as an edging, or to create patterns in a rockery, dish garden or annual bed.
Winchester Gardens generally stocks this item.