Graptopetalum paraguayense (N.E.Br.) E.Walther
Ghost Plant, Mother of Pearl Plant
Byrnesia weinbergii, Cotyledon paraguayensis, Echeveria weinbergii, Sedum weinbergii
Graptopetalum paraguayense is a beautiful succulent with decumbent or pendent, only basally branched stems and rosettes of fleshy, flat, pointed leaves. The stems are up to 12 inches (30 cm) long and up to 0.5 inches (1.3 cm) in diameter. Rosettes are up to 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter, grow at the tips of the stems. Leaves are grayish-white and warm up to pinkish-yellow in hot and dry conditions and turn blue-gray in partial shade. In spring, it produces star-shaped, white flowers with small red spots.
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.
Graptopetalum paraguayense is native to Mexico (Tamaulipas).
Subspecies, Forms, and Hybrids
- Graptopetalum paraguayense subsp. bernalense
- Graptopetalum paraguayense f. variegata
- Graptopetalum 'Purple Haze'
- x Graptosedum 'Bronze'
- x Graptosedum 'California Sunset'
- x Graptosedum 'Francesco Baldi'
- x Graptoveria 'Acaulis'
- x Graptoveria 'Douglas Huth'
- x Graptoveria 'Fred Ives'
- x Graptoveria 'Harry Watson'
- x Graptoveria 'Titubans'
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