Graptopetalum superbum 'Variegatum'
Accepted Scientific Name
Graptopetalum superbum (Kimnach) Acev.-Rosas
Graptopetalum superbum f. variegatum
Graptopetalum pentandrum subsp. superbum 'Variegatum'
Graptopetalum superbum 'Variegatum', formerly known as Graptopetalum pentandrum subsp. superbum 'Variegatum', is an attractive succulent with thick fleshy variegated leaves that cluster in flat rosettes at the end of thick stems. The rosettes grow up to 5 inches (12.5 cm) in diameter. Leaves are pale gray-lavender to pink with creamy-yellow stripes. Flowers appear on branched, up to 2 feet (60 cm) tall inflorescences from late winter to early spring. They are small with pale yellow petals with red markings on the tips and red sigma lobes and stamens.
USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
The rules for Graptopetalum care are similar to those for most succulents. All require lots of sunlight to look their best. In addition, they require gritty, porous soil with excellent drainage. Water your plants 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. Fertilize once during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer diluted to 1/4 strength.
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 plant has rooted and sprouted new leaves.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Graptopetalum.
This succulent is a form of Graptopetalum superbum selected for its variegated leaves.
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