Echeverias are named after the Spanish botanical artist of the 1700s called Atanasio Echeverria Codoy. They are all native to the Americas from Texas to Argentina and form a genus of over 150 species. They are extremely popular in cultivation with hundreds of named hybrids available. The leaves form symmetrical rosettes either sitting on the ground or at the end of long stems. Some forms produce multi-stemmed shrubs up to 1m tall. Echeverias can withstand long periods of drought and will grow in a variety of garden situations. For really intense colour they prefer to be in a well drained position with plenty of sun and air movement and regular water.