Pachyphytum compactum 'Variegatum'
Accepted Scientific Name
Pachyphytum compactum Rose
Pachyphytum compactum f. variegatum
Pachyphytum compactum 'Variegatum' is a small succulent with short, stout, often basally branched stems that holds compact rosettes of variegated and distinctively patterned leaves. The stems grow up to 6 inches (15 cm) long, usually upright or bend to the ground and lose their lower leaves. Leaves are light green to grey-white with irregular cream and yellow markings, heavy white veins, and deep purple tips when gently stressed by the full sun or cool temperatures.
USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Pachyphytum will not tolerate frosts well. Temperatures below 20 °F (-6 °C) will kill the plant, and temperatures which may go below 45 °F (7 °C) during an extended period should be avoided. It tolerates high heat and intense sunlight. As with most succulents from the Crassulaceae family, Pachyphytum can tolerate (and even appreciated) poor soil conditions so long as it is well-draining. It can thrive in full or partial sunlight.
Allow the soil to dry out before watering, and avoid getting water on the leaves. The plants will require more water in winter as winter begins its active growth season. If you are unsure when to water your plant, watch the lowermost leaves for signs of drying and water them then. Pachyphytum is far more likely to survive under-watering than overwatering. The thick, fleshy leaves will appear wilted and a bit "under-full" when they need water.
One of the most common pests to houseplants is the mealybug, and your Pachyphytum may fall prey to this pest. The symptoms of a mealybug infestation are slowed or stopped growth (though in summer, this is a normal sign of dormancy). If this occurs without apparent cause, remove the plant from the pot and examine the roots or look at the leaf-stem junctions.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Pachyphytum.
This succulent is a form of Pachyphytum compactum selected for its variegated foliage.
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