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Graptopetalum paraguayense f. variegata (Variegated Ghost Plant)


Scientific Name

Graptopetalum paraguayense f. variegata

Accepted Scientific Name

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

Common Names

Variegated Ghost Plant

Scientific Classification

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


Graptopetalum paraguayense f. variegata is a small succulent with rosettes of fleshy, flat, pointed leaves. Rosettes grow at the tips of ever-lengthening stems, that become pendent over time. Leaves are blue-gray with some light purple hue and creamy or yellow-pink variegation. In spring, it produces star-shaped, white flowers with small, red specks.


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).


Graptopetalum paraguayense f. variegata is a variegated form of Graptopetalum paraguayense.


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