We Get Questions
Mike from Korea has asked me about what “cultivated variety” or c.v. means tacked onto the end of a species name.
Q: I don’t exaclty understand what the “cultivated varitety” means.
There are 2 basic ways hybrids are made:
1. Cross pollinate 2 known plants, and create what is known as a “hybrid,” i.e. graptoveria is a hybrid between a graptopetalum and an echeveria.
2. Select a naturally occuring variation. This is then called a “cultivated variety”.
For instance, there are many hundreds of hybrid echeveria species, some of which are “c.v.” or “cultivated varieties.”
If we don’t know what it is, we use the terms hybrid or c.v. interchangeably, since they are both just guesses. In general whichever way it was created, it is a hybrid.