Graptopetalum paraguayense – The Ghost Plant
Graptopetalum paraguayense forms five-inch wide leaf rosettes of a beautiful silver-lavender color. Individual leaves are thick and succulent with open flat surfaces. The rosette stems slowly elongate and grow along the ground.
In late winter to early spring, 1- to 2-foot tall, open branched inflorescences appear. The inflorescences cover Graptopetalum paraguayense in a hazy silver cloud when in bloom. The many branches hold pretty star-shaped flowers that have pale yellow petals with red stripes on the tips, and red sigma lobes and 5 stamens (other graptopetalum species have 10 stamens). The flowers inspire the name for both the genus and species: the Genus comes the Greek words ‘graptos’ meaning “marked” or “inscribed” and ‘petalon’ meaning “petals” for the markings on the flower petals of many of the species.
Graptopetalum paraguayense is excellent in containers, requiring only infrequent watering. It also makes an interesting ground cover and accent plant in cactus, succulent and xeriscape gardens. It should be located in a somewhat protected area as the succulent leaves are easily broken off and form new plants.
A native of Mexico, Graptopetalum paraguayense is easy to grow in sun or light shade and will slowly spread to create a colony.
Names and Synonyms: Graptopetalum paraguayense.
Common Names: Ghost Plant. Mother of Pearl Plant
Size Label: 1 Gallon
Cold Tolerance: 25 to 30°F; -3.9 to -1.1°C
Heat Tolerance: High heat tolerance
Light Requirement: Part shade inland to full sun along the coast.
Water needs: Drought tolerant
Maintenance: Remove spent flower bracts as desired
Uses: This plant is excellent in containers, requiring only infrequent watering. It also makes an interesting ground cover and accent plant in cactus, succulent and xeriscape gardens. It should be located in a somewhat protected area as the succulent leaves are easily broken off and form new plants.
Propagation: This plant can be propagated from rooted leaves and stems. It can also be sown from seed.
Problems: Requires good drainage, especially in cool winter weather.
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