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Graptopetalum bellum (Chihuahua Flower)

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Scientific Name

Graptopetalum bellum (Moran & J. Meyrán) D. R. Hunt

Common Names

Chihuahua Flower

Synonyms

Tacitus bellus (basionym)

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Graptopetalum bellum is a small perennial succulent plant, slowly spreading by offsets, up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) tall. The rosettes are up to 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter composed of dull grey or bronze, approximately triangular leaves, about 1 inch (2.5 cm) long. The flowers are star-shaped, 1 inch (2.5 cm) across, deep pink to red, upright at the top of 4 inches (10 cm) branched inflorescence.

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

The rules for Graptopetalums care are similar to those for most succulents. Container-bound plants thrive in a mixture of peat, sand or other grit, topsoil and a little bit of compost. Full sun is the best situation but they will also grow in partial sun with slightly rangy results.

Graptopetalums need excellent drainage and moderate water. You can tell when to water by sticking your finger in the soil. If it is dry several inches down or the fleshy leaves are looking shriveled, you should water. Overwatering is a cause of root rots and the plant can get several pest infestations.

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 (Chihuahua).

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