Echeveria 'Barbillion'

bikerdoc5968 Z6 SE MIOctober 19, 2011

I've had this Echeveria for a number of years without a name. Recently, I was told it was E. 'Barbillion'. So is it Barbillion or possibly E. 'Paul Bunyon' or another hybrid? The head is several inches across. For some reason, despite plenty of sun, it didn't flower this year as it has in the past. It has a typical "Echeveria" orange-red candy corn flower.

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You either love this plant, or hate it. It is Echeveria 'Etna', named for the volcano. It is a hybrid of Dick Wrights 'Mauna Loa' created by Denise Manly. 'Paul Bunyon' and 'Barbillon' are related plants, but have different color schemes and leaf characteristics. All of these derive from Echeveria gibbiflora, which is the name most commonly used for many of the big Echeverias.

Like many Echeveria, appearance is variable depending on the time of year and the amount of light. More light seems to produce more heavily carunculated leaves. The thread linked below shows my plants at this time of year, and has some good posts on the origin of this plant. The photos below demonstrate how variable are the colors of this plant:





Etna is one of my most prized plants. It's a glorious riot of color!


Here is a link that might be useful: Mt. Etna Erupts!

    Bookmark   October 19, 2011 at 4:57PM
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rosemariero6(z10 /ss24 So. Calif.)

As always, Brad, your photos of 'Etna' are MARVELOUS!

I think Bikerdoc's plant may be 'Barbillion', though. According to Schulz/Kapitany's book, Echeveria Cultivars, 'Barbillion' is:

A Dick Wright hybrid. Solitary, reaching up to 400 mm in diameter and elongating slowing with age on a bare stem. Similar to 'Paul Bunyan' when young, but much larger growing. Leaf endings becoming frilly. Seasonal colors prominent.

Does this ring true for you? Do you have pix of your plant at other times of the year?

    Bookmark   October 19, 2011 at 5:45PM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

Quite astounding, what ever it might be. That's for sharing the photos. I've seen many different hybrids of that type that are very similar. (But all gorgeous.)

    Bookmark   October 19, 2011 at 5:49PM
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bikerdoc5968 Z6 SE MI

Brad and Rose, Thanks. Unfortunately, as with any hybrid sometimes the exact name may never be known. It is heart-warming to know I'm at least in the ballpark.....

    Bookmark   October 19, 2011 at 7:04PM
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ctreeteac(Zone 8b; rain-spewing Oregon)

Astoundingly beautiful, really. :)

    Bookmark   October 19, 2011 at 7:08PM
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