Blue-green to silvery-grey leaves with leaf tips pointing inwards towards the center of the plant. This leaves are some of the most unique curling and twisting leaves among the Echeverias, looking as if they are turned inside out.
Scientific name: Echeveria runyonii 'Topsy Turvy'
Common English Names include: Mexican hens and chicks plant.
There is also a crested form which is Echeveria runyonii cv. "Topsy-turvy" f. cristata which can be reproduced only vegetatively. Only a fragment of the crested shoot is is used for reproduction because leaves and normal shoots (non-crested) do not produce the crested trait.
This is a very striking succulent in containers or in the landscape and is very easy to grow.
Description: This is an interesting leaf form of Echeveria runyonii, which is a pale blue to white-blue leaf Echeveria with normal shaped leaves. However, this 'Topsy Turvy' form is much more popular, so the 'regular' form is quite rare in cultivation. It is a profuse offesetter and can create large mounds of densely crowded plants up to 20 x 35 cm (height by width). Parent plants can get up to 25 cm across, but rarely do the offsets
The succulent whorl of leaves is born on the top
of a short stem banded by old leaves scars.
Cultivation: it can tolerate sun to shade but - generally speaking - the more light a plant gets the better it will display its colours and shape. However, when moving plants from lower light conditions into full sun, be wary of sun scorch, most easily avoided by ensuring plants are well-watered before moving them on a cloudy day. They can tolerate extended dry periods and survive drought without the need for watering, but they will grow stronger if they receive adequate moisture during their growing season, ut never allowing the plant to remain waterlogged (root rot sensitive). Use a very porous soil, which will allow quick drainage. Slow release fertilisers with a low to moderate nitrogen content are adequate for the spring and summer growing seasons, and additional fertiliser applications would not required until spring. Good air movement is important for minimising pest and disease risks, and avoiding excessive humidity in cool winter conditions is important to successfully growing Echeveria in the nursery environment. It can tolerate light frosts, but it is best overwintered at 5-10 °C.