Graptopetalum paraguayense

by Kent Thompson
(Sacramento, CA)

I've never seen it flower, taken from a stem cutting from the UC Davis Campus. Tolerates cold to 28F well. They have the white 'bloom' powder on them.

Any help identifying would be great, it's one of my favorite plants...the colors are great and contrast well with green plants.

Hi Kent, this is pretty much everyones favorite plant - it's Graptopetalum paraguayense, the Ghost Plant, or Pearl Plant. These are the parent plants of several renowned hybrids with Echeveria, combining some of the best features of both genera.

There are several such hybrids, which are unusual in that they are crosses of two genera, not two species in the same genus, which is the usual way it works. One of the most notable hybrids is x Graptoveria 'Fred Ives' and one other beautiful member of the genus is Graptopetalum amethystinum

It just indicates that these are very closely related plants, if they can cross pollinate each other.

You can see more about Ghost Plant here.

That is a lovely healthy plant, so it's obviously in exactly the right conditions to be happy.

Whatever you're doing, don't stop!

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