Hearts and Flowers

bikerdoc5968 Z6 SE MIJuly 31, 2012

This is an Echeveria shaviana hybrid that has wonderful color during the summer with full sun. During the winter months more of the blue-green coloration develops. I was pleasantly surprised to see the flower spike split and form a "heart" shape.

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FerocactusLatispinus(Zone 4/Sunset 43 WI)

Hey, that's amazing! Does that happen often for aloes, or is it like a "mutation"?

    Bookmark   July 31, 2012 at 10:49AM
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bikerdoc5968 Z6 SE MI

This is an Echeveria not an Aloe. This kind of thing is random. Most of my Echeveria have but one spike and sometimes will have small side spikes.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2012 at 11:33AM
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Microthrix(9)

Very cool ... i had an Echeveria 'Caribbean' that did that from one of its 7 flower stalks (still blooming from early may ... the flowers are TALL) . Although not quite as perfect as yours! Lol

    Bookmark   July 31, 2012 at 12:33PM
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rina_

Howard

That is really cool! You must be singing, talking with your plants - they are rewarding you with beautiful flowers, colors, one-of-a-kind shapes...Generous of you to share with us. I always look forward seeing your photos...Rina

    Bookmark   July 31, 2012 at 3:16PM
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bikerdoc5968 Z6 SE MI

Rina, your comments are heartfelt. Thank you so much

    Bookmark   July 31, 2012 at 4:27PM
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paul_(z5 MI)

A very elegant presentation it has given you. Too bad it isn't around Valentine's Day. :)

    Bookmark   July 31, 2012 at 6:12PM
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FerocactusLatispinus(Zone 4/Sunset 43 WI)

Whoops. I should clear up my sentence's context.
I was meaning to ask if this same phenomenon occurs in aloes.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2012 at 11:32AM
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karyn1(7a)

I love the flower heart!

    Bookmark   August 1, 2012 at 2:58PM
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rosemariero6(z10 /ss24 So. Calif.)

BEAUTIFUL plant & LOVE the heart shape formed by the flowers, Howard!! Great shots of them, too!

While yours is a gorgeous E. shaviana hybrid, I don't believe it is 'Truffles', which should look like the one below (with thicker, more crinkled edges).
(click for larger view)

    Bookmark   August 1, 2012 at 3:28PM
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Microthrix(9)

Yeah, i dont think it is truffles either. I got one from lowes that looked like yours under the nick name "neon breakers"

    Bookmark   August 1, 2012 at 3:50PM
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rosemariero6(z10 /ss24 So. Calif.)

Yes, Zeck! That seems more like it! 'Neon Breakers' is the cultivar name.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2012 at 3:58PM
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bikerdoc5968 Z6 SE MI

Thanks Rosemarie. Your plant is beautiful and would love to have one grown so tightly. I probably got mine from a Big Box store and, as you know, plants are mislabeled all the time from large commercial growers. I have another one that looks similar called Echeveria 'Pinky'. Many pictures I see on the web look like mine and there art some that have a more dense rosette with tighter crinkles.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2012 at 4:01PM
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