Growing Beautiful Echeveria Nodulosa Painted Lady

Echeveria nodulosa painted lady are commonly spotted indoor grown Echeveria types which many people tend to grow for their unique appearances. These are evergreen succulents which are hailing from Mexico. 

Echeveria Nodulosa Painted Lady

Echeveria nodulosa painted lady are known by common names such as Painted Echeveria, Echeveria discolors etc. The ability to flower in summer makes them look extra special during summer. They would be such great additions  for your succulent collection.

Echeveria nodulosa painted lady are not the type of plants where you have to make a great effort in looking after them. Instead, they would thrive well with minimum maintenance from you. These plants are great starter plants. 

Echeveria is a fairly large genus which consists of about 270 species of Echeverias species all Over the world. Out of these, you may come across about more than 100 species which are unique to Mexico.

So, this guide will give you a compressive guide on what you need to know when growing them, their propagation methods etc.  

How do I identify the Echeveria nodulosa painted lady? 

Echeveria nodulosa painted lady would reach a maximum height of 1-2 ft. tall (30-60 cm) when they mature.

Further they would be 2-3 ft. wide (60-90 cm) at maturity. On the other hand, Echeveria nodulosa painted lady leaves would be about 2 inches ( 5 cm ) in length and 0.6 inches ( 1.5cm) in width.

They tend to show an erect growth pattern. Above all, Echeveria nodulosa painted lady are a flowering set of plants which would produce yellow blooms which would carry red hues.  

Those flowers would be more bell shaped and you could witness them bearing flowers during summer. Echeveria nodulosa painted lady  flowers don’t usually have any fragrances.

Echeveria nodulosa painted lady usually form multicolored. Literally their rosettes would form in deep green and the red spots on their leaves make them give a pained effect.

Echeveria nodulosa painted lady plants form with once central rosette. The width  of the rosette would be about 5 inches.

Besides, Echeveria nodulosa painted lady  leaves of the plants would be olive green and tend to take a pointed concave shape.

Size of the plant

Echeveria nodulosa painted lady would get as tall as 1-2 feet (30-60cm) . further they would be 2-3 feet ( 60-90cm) broad too.

Growth rate

Echeveria nodulosa painted lady grow at a moderate pace.

Echeveria Nodulosa Painted Lady

One look care guide

Botanical NameEcheveria nodulosa painted lady
Common NamePainted Echeveria, Echeveria discolors
Plant TypeSucculent
Mature Size1-2 feet (30-60cm)  tall / 2-3 feet ( 60-90cm) broad 
Sun ExposureFull sunlight to partial shade
Soil TypeWell draining
Soil pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Bloom TimeSummer
Flower ColorYellow
Hardiness ZonesUSDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b.65° to 72° degrees Fahrenheit.
Native AreaMexico
ToxicitySap could be toxic
Average price $ 15

How do you take care of the Echeveria nodulosa painted lady?

Light Requirement 

A combination of full sunlight and partial shade would work excellent on these plants. Further they would prefer to have moderate levels of sunlight as well.

To be more precise, they need to ideally have a few hours of full  sunlight in the morning hours or in late evening.

When the sunrise is too harsh, you can grow them in partial shade. If you end up exposing them to direct sunlight , it will bleach out the regular colors of the plants and make them suffer from scorching.

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When you cultivate them indoors, you can place them by  sunny windowsills. Never leave them neglected in direct sunlight during intense hours of the day as they are vulnerable to sunburns.

The exposure to high temperatures would make them suffer from this condition. If you have grown them indoors for some time and want to expose them for some summer sunlight,  ensure that you do it in a gradual manner.

Temperature and humidity

Echeveria nodulosa painted lady want to grow in a  temperature around 65 degrees and to 72 degrees Fahrenheit.

The exposure for colder temperatures would not be healthy on the plants. If there is a forecast of a winter temperature which drops to 50 degrees Fahrenheit , I suppose the best thing you could do is to shift them indoors.

In terms of the right humidity aspects of the plants, I recommend you expose them for 50 % humidity levels. If there are lower humidity levels than that, you need to consider misting the plants.

If there is a fast draining soil mix available along with high humidity Echeveria nodulosa painted lady would thrive well and be secured from root rot.

Is it cold hardy?

They are not cold hardy. In fact, they don’t have a tolerance for hard frost.

Growth Zone

Echeveria nodulosa painted lady plants will grow to the best potential if you live in USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b.65° to 72° degrees Fahrenheit.

Watering Requirement 

Echeveria nodulosa painted lady plants are succulents which literally means they need only a minimum amount of water for their survival.

Ideally you need to water them once every fortnight when they are actively growing. Further occasionally you may have to water them more often if there are dryer conditions around.

Echeveria nodulosa painted lady plant roots are quite responsive towards over watering. So, ensure that you don’t leave their roots exposed to waterlogged and soggy conditions for too long as it  would make them suffer from root rot.

Echeveria nodulosa painted lady plants prefer to stay dry. . If I elaborate further on this, you need to allow the plants to either two watering sessions.

With that being said, don’t let them become bone dry also. Further when you water them you need to do it with so much caution and refrain from spilling water on the plants leaves.

if you use a dirty source to water them and make them sit on the leaves, it will result in unwanted problems. Never supply them water in excess as it could even sometimes kill the plants.

Soil Requirement Type / pH.

Echeveria nodulosa painted lady plants are not the type of plants which want moist conditions to grow. When considering that, you need to select a soil medium which has an excellent drainage to grow them.

So, I recommend you use a cactus soil mix or a succulent soil mix which you can easily purchase from  any garden store or from  any nursery. These soil mixes are fast draining, and they would not retain moisture within for too long.

As aforesaid, the exposure for over watering would contribute so many repercussions  of the overall growth of the plants and providing a fast-draining soil mix is quite crucial.

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In addition to that, you can make a suitable soil mix on your own too. All you need to do is mix some coarse sand into potting soil and use that as the growth medium for your precious Echeveria nodulosa painted lady plants.

Pot size Potting and Repotting

Echeveria nodulosa painted lady plants would flourish if you grew  them in a pot which is porous. In that context, you may proceed with a clay or a terracotta pot.

Avoid using plastic pots as they would retain water within which would ultimately lead to rotting of the plants. However, if you cant find any of these materials, I suggest you grow them outdoors. Excellent draining is the most critical thing when you pot them.

In addition to that I suggest you go ahead with deeper pots as  then it would secure them during winter months.

Additionally, you could also provide some gravel to the pot so that it would increase the draining of the pots. If you end up using shallow pots, keep in mind that they would take a longer time to wither.

That said, if you chose shallow light weight pots to grow them, you could shift them in and out  with much ease. Further check whether the pot has  ample drainage  too.

When it comes to repotting the plants, you need to ideally go ahead with transplanting the plants during spring or in early summer. It is important that you transplant the plants periodically so that It would provide new growing conditions  for them.

Where to Plant 

Choose a place where the plants can gain bright indirect sunlight during most of the day. If you cultivate them indoors, a brightly lit windowsill would be ideal.

Fertilizer and time of year

Echeveria nodulosa painted lady plants are not the types of plants which thoroughly depend on fertilizers.

So, you could just feed them with a balanced diluted liquid fertilizer when they are actively growing every fortnight.

You could simply apply the solution in a container and apply them directly into the soil. You need to dilute them and then apply.

Just like over watering you need to avoid over feeding the plants also. If you accidentally end up overfeeding, you need to immediately wash off the excess surplus on the plants.

Flowers and fragrance

Echeveria nodulosa painted lady plants develop blooms in yellow. Further they may also consist of red hues as well. You could spot them bearing these spectacular flowers during summer. 

They would adore the plants and the flowers would tend to take a funnel shape. Echeveria nodulosa painted lady blooms don’t come up with any fragrance.  


Echeveria nodulosa painted lady plants are winter dormant plants.


Echeveria nodulosa painted lady plants are not poisonous for kids or for pets. Having said that, the sap of these plants may be irritating for you.

In fact, if you get in contact with the sap of these plants it would result  in skin  irritation. So , I suggest you deal with the plants carefully particularly whey oi do the pruning and repotting. If you interact with the plants, you need to wash your hands properly so that you will be safe.

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Common bugs and illnesses

Echeveria nodulosa painted lady plants may experience some pest attacks specially from mealybugs, spider mites, aphids and from Fungus gnats.

Mealybugs could create greater trouble for the plants. Mealybugs can infest your plants at a rapid rate. On the other hand, spider mites tend to fulfill their dietary requirements by consuming the leaves of  the plants.

In addition to that they may pave the way for other infections such as red spider mites’ attacks etc. if the plants suffer from red spider attacks, you could see your plants develop red patches which  would become brown as they spread further.

Besides these Aphids could also be a menace for your precious Echeveria nodulosa painted lady plants.

They would usually tend to feed on the young shoots which would result in the stunted growth of the plants. In addition to that they would also make your plants more prone for lace bugs attacks also. If lace bugs attack your plants, it would cause deformation of the plants.

Apart from these fungus gnats may also be troublesome for your beloved Echeveria nodulosa painted lady plants.

The soggy and damp  soil conditions would make your plants more attractive  for these fungus gnats attacks.

They would lay their eggs and hatch them in moist soil. Further fungus gnats’ larvae would tend to consume the plant roots which would eventually kill the plants.

Furthermore, Echeveria nodulosa painted lady plants may also experience root rot and this is a commonly spotted disease among these plants.

you could avoid this, if you practice  right watering tips and if you provide a well-draining soil mix. Lastly, Echeveria nodulosa painted lady plants may also come across powdery mildew attacks also.

If they suffer from powdery mildew attacks, it would result in black posts on the leaves and the stems. Further the leaves would turn light brown or white when they surfer from this condition. 

I recommend you use fungicides for most of these pest attacks. Additionally, ensure that you keep your garden neat and tidy.

Make sure that you clean up debris in the garden and practice the right care tips so that you will not have to battle  with these issues.

Special Care tips

I encourage you to prune the plants once every two years so that it would encourage the new growth of the plants.

Further if there are any leggy growths of the plants you could prune them and get rid of them as well. Besides, if there are older leaves, you need to remove them so that it would look aesthetically beautiful. That said, ensure that you don’t remove the healthy plants parts

Echeveria nodulosa painted lady benefits 

Echeveria nodulosa painted lady plants would be such a great addition for your indoor garden as well as for the outdoor garden. They would even attract the hummingbirds into your garden and how wonderful would it be !

How to propagate Echeveria nodulosa painted lady 

You may use either the stem cutting propagation  method or the leaf cutting method to propagate the Echeveria nodulosa painted lady plants.

If I briefly touch on the stem cutting method, you have to remove them from the mother plants and then allow them to dry for a couple of days.

Once they develop callous, you could place them in a well-draining soil mix. Next leave them in a spot where they can gain right indirect sunlight. 


Echeveria nodulosa painted lady plants are beautiful versatile hardy plants which would reward you with spectacular  plants in return. As long as they get their basic growing needs fulfilled they would do great !

Credit to : California Cactus Center
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