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Graptoveria 'Opalina'

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Scientific Name

x Graptoveria 'Opalina'

Synonyms

Graptoveria 'Opalina'

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Genus: x Graptoveria

Description

x Graptoveria 'Opalina' is an attractive and durable succulent plant that produces clusters of tight rosettes up to 6 inches (15 cm) wide and up to 8 inches (20 cm) tall, with thick, smooth, upright-held, pale blue-green leaves that have a hint of pink tones on the leaf tips and margins when grown in bright light. In late spring appear the short, branching inflorescences bearing yellow flowers that have orange centers.

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °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

x Graptoveria 'Opalina' is a hybrid of Echeveria colorata crossed with Graptopetalum amethystinum that was created by California succulent enthusiast and breeder Robert Grim.

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