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Graptopetalum amethystinum – Lavender Pebbles

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Scientific Name

Graptopetalum amethystinum (Rose) E.Walther

Common Names

Lavender Pebbles, Jewel Leaf Plant

Synonyms

Echeveria amethystina

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Sedoideae
Tribe: Sedeae 
Subtribe: Sedinae
Genus: Graptopetalum

Description

Graptopetalum amethystinum is a rare species that looks more like moon rocks than a plant. This succulent plant has plump, rounded leaves in lovely shades of lavender, pink, and green. The leaves have a powdery coating that adds to the eerie, moon rock look. If grown in a hanging planter, the plant will spill over the edges up to 18 inches (45 cm).

Graptopetalum amethystinum - Lavender Pebbles

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How to Grow and Care

The rules for Graptopetalums care are similar to those for most succulents. All require lots of sun to look their best. They require gritty porous soil with excellent drainage. Water regularly over the summer months letting the soil dry out between waterings. Minimal water is required over winter. Overwatering is a cause of root rots and the plant can get several pest infestations. Fertlize once during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer diluted to ¼ strength.

The Graptopetalums are generally easy to propagate, by seeds, leaf cuttings or offsets. Any rosette that breaks off has the potential to root and start a new plant. Even a leaf that drops off will root below the parent plant and produce a new rosette quickly. The new plant feeds off the leaf until it shrivels up and falls off. By then the new little ghost plant has rooted and sprouted new leaves… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Graptopetalum.

Origin

Native to Mexico.

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