succulent from my local nursery

by Suvi
(Glen Allen, VA, USA)

This is a succulent I picked up last week from my local nursery. It has a woody thick stem and light green-yellowish waxy pointed leaves. The leaves have a slight reddish color on the tips. It seems to have the general shape of a jade plant, but the leaves are far more fragile. A few fell off during the repotting.

There are pups growing from the base of the stem near the soil. Any ideas what this one is?


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Mar 30, 2015
by: Jacki

Any time I hear the words 'leaves fall off easily' I know that the plant is some kind of Pachyphytum or a hybrid thereof.

This species is renowned for having the leaves loosely attached, so you have to be extremely careful when handling it, ie: put it somewhere that it won't get brushed against or handled. They also typically have lots of 'bloom' or a dusty waxy coating.

To add to the mystery, these plants are often crossbred with other genera, so there are hybrids that are a bit unusual, because usually only species are crossbred to form hybrids.

Some of the other genera that are seen as the other parent are Sedum (which I suspect yours is), Echeveria and others. These generic hybrids are usually denoted by an 'x' in front of the name, like this; x Pachyveria.

They all need the same care, infrequent watering and warm bright conditions.

Mar 30, 2015
by: Suvi

Thanks Jacki.

Yes, I have it on a sunny window sill and so far it seems to be doing pretty well.


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