Every year I buy my sister-in-law a plant for her birthday, which is next week. Maybe I do it because I'm sick of winter. Plants help me think of spring and new green growth, and I'm so wishing that spring will hurry up and get here. Luckily for me, my sister-in-law also like plants, which makes buying her a birthday gift extra fun.
This year I made a trip to a greenhouse, about half an hour or so away, to see what they had for sale. They had several things to choose from. They even had some lemon trees with full-sized lemons, but they were more than I could literally handle. I almost bought a Stephanotis wreath, but it was not going to bloom for a few months so I passed. I finally settled on Echeveria nodulosa , also known as Painted Lady.
Echeverias are succulents native to parts of Texas and South America. They are similar Sempervivum (hens and chicks) and some call them Mexican hens and chicks. This "Painted Lady," as you can see, has beautiful markings on the edges of the rosette leaves almost as if someone painted the edges with a brush or marker.
The Echeveria is said to be adaptable as a houseplant, requiring very little water, like most succulents, and it does not require as much light as others. However, a sunny spot is still suggested. Fingers crossed that she will like it. I know I would.