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Graptopetalum paraguayense (Ghost Plant)

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Scientific Name

Graptopetalum paraguayense (N.E.Br.) E.Walther

Common Names

Ghost Plant, Mother of Pearl Plant

Synonyms

Byrnesia weinbergii, Cotyledon paraguayensis, Echeveria weinbergii, Sedum weinbergii

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Graptopetalum paraguayense is a small, evergreen succulent with rosettes, up to 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter, of fleshy, flat, pointed and grayish-white leaves. The leaves warms up to pinkish-yellow in hot and dry conditions and turns blue-gray in partial shade. The rosettes grow at the tips of ever-lengthening stems, that become pendent over time. In spring, it produces star-shaped, white flowers with small red specks.

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Hardiness

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

How to Grow and Care

When planting your Ghost Plant in a container, make sure you choose a well-drained, potting mix and a container with drainage holes.

Try mixing Ghost Plant with other succulents for an interesting, yet low-maintenance planting. Or you can incorporate your Ghost Plant into a rock garden. You can create a rock garden by piling large rocks like limestone as the base and filling in gaps with smaller stones, gravel and pockets of soil for planting.

Ghost Plant thrives in sunlight, so choose a location where it will receive full- or half-day sun. When grown as a houseplant, keep it near a south, east or west window.

Some people prefer to keep their Ghost Plant trimmed to create a fuller shape. For a different look, you can allow it to get a little "leggy". This allows the twisting stems to gently climb out of the pot, cascading down. Be sure to allow the soil to almost completely dry between waterings.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for a Ghost Plant (Graptopetalum paraguayense).

Origin

Graptopetalum paraguayense is native to Mexico (Tamaulipas).

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