Echeveria Black Prince

“Every flower blooms at a different pace.” – Suzy Kassem.

Echeveria Black Prince, also known as the ‘Black Hens and Chicks,’ is a fascinating succulent that exudes a captivating charm through its distinct, dark-hued rosettes. Originating from the family Crassulaceae, this indoor gem is a popular favourite among green enthusiasts for its unique colour and ease of care. A mature Echeveria Black Prince produces magnificent dark purple flowers, a beautiful contrast to its dark foliage, further enhancing its appeal.

The slow-growing Black Prince has pointed leaves that form a compact rosette shape. They start off as a green colour and gradually darken to a deep purple, so dark that it’s almost black, hence its name. This remarkable colour transition in the plant’s lifecycle is a fascinating spectacle to observe and sets the Black Prince apart from its counterparts.

The rosettes of the Black Prince are quite structured and can reach up to 3 inches in width. The plant itself can grow up to 6 inches tall. Interestingly, the dark colour of the leaves intensifies when the plant is exposed to more sunlight. So, while it adorns your indoor spaces, it carries a part of the sun within itself, growing darker, and thus more majestic, as it absorbs more light.


Common NameEcheveria Black Prince
Scientific NameEcheveria ‘Black Prince’
Leaves ColourGreen to Deep Purple (almost black)
SunlightBright, indirect light
Soil TypeWell-draining succulent or cactus mix
Water RequirementsModerate (allow soil to dry between waterings)
Maximum Height6 inches

An important thing to note about the Echeveria Black Prince is its resilience. This plant is not just a sight to behold, but it’s also a hardy companion that is forgiving of occasional lapses in care.

Plant Care: Sunlight, Watering, Soil, and Repotting

The Echeveria Black Prince, like most succulents, needs a delicate balance of sunlight, watering, and the right soil to thrive.

Sunlight Needs

While it can tolerate shade, the Black Prince prefers bright, indirect light. This not only fuels its growth but also brings out its dark coloration.

Water Needs

It needs moderate watering and the soil should be allowed to dry out between watering sessions. Overwatering could lead to root rot.

Soil Type

A well-draining succulent or cactus mix is ideal for the Black Prince. This ensures the roots don’t sit in water, preventing potential rot.


Repotting should be done every two years or when the plant outgrows its current pot. This is a good opportunity to check the root health and refresh the soil.

Common Problems and Remedies

Despite its hardy nature, the Black Prince may face a few issues, most of which can be prevented with proper care.


As a succulent, the Black Prince is prone to root rot if overwatered. Make sure to let the soil dry out between watering.

Poor Light

A lack of sufficient light can lead to etiolation, where the plant grows tall and stretched. Make sure your Black Prince gets enough light.

Pest Infestation

Watch out for common succulent pests like mealybugs and aphids. A mild insecticide can be used to tackle these pests.

Best Places for Plant Decor in Your Home

In the Corner of a Bedroom

A potted Black Prince can provide a contrasting accent in the corner of a bedroom, adding a touch of natural elegance.

On a Coffee Table in the Living Room

On a coffee table, the Black Prince can be a stunning centrepiece, attracting attention and sparking conversations.

In the Children’s Study Room

A Black Prince can add a touch of nature to a study room, creating a calming environment that promotes concentration.


Echeveria Black Prince is a stunning addition to any indoor garden. Its dark, almost black leaves, bring a unique contrast and depth to any room. This resilient plant does more than just decorate your home; it also purifies the air and brings a sense of calm and serenity to your living spaces.

Growing an Echeveria Black Prince is not just about adding a beautiful plant to your collection; it is about experiencing the joy of indoor gardening. Whether you place it in your bedroom, living room, or study, it will fill your spaces with its captivating charm.

Remember, every plant has its own pace and rhythm of growth. As Suzy Kassem rightly said, “Every flower blooms at a different pace.” So, embrace the journey with your Black Prince, nurture it, and watch it bloom into a royal spectacle in your indoor garden.

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