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Cotyledons, Graptopetalum and Graptoveria

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These are succulent shrubs or semi-shrubs with smooth, fleshy leaves. Cotyledons can be divided into two groups. One group consists of evergreen plants with a summer growing period. The other group is made up of deciduous plants, splendidly magnificent with large, solid fleshy stems like Cotyledon paniculata. The second group grows during our winter, and sheds its leaves during our summer. Cotyledons should be kept in a sunny position. Follow general succulent watering procedures. Be careful of over-watering when Cotyledons are deciduous.

Cotyledon sinus-alexander
if leaves fall off start new plants
flowering september
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Cotyledon sinus-alexandrii, native to Africa, forms mounding clusters with a very low habit to 4" in height. Stems are shiny, with peeling papery bark and are topped with plump "egg-shaped" frosty blue-green leaves. In bright light, leaves have delicate burgundy markings.In habitat in Africa, Cotyledons usually grow in rocky quartz fields where they have excellent drainage provided by very porous soil. Best in porous soil with adequate drainage. spring/summer grower, May lose leaves in fall/winter.
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Cotyledon ladismithienses
8" pot on sale for $15

Cotyledon ladismithiensis, native to South Africa, forms a small shrublet to 6" in height. Several "teeth" at the apex of each fleshy, fuzzy leaf give the appearance of "bearclaws". Clusters of yellowish-orange bell-shaped flowers in late spring. Porous soil with adequate drainage. Bright light for best form with ample airflow. Water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch. Protect from frost.

Cotyledon
ladismithiensis variagated
Cotyledon tomentosa ladismithiensis variegata forms a small shrublet to 6" in height. Several "teeth" at the apex of each fleshy, fuzzy leaf give the appearance of "bear claws". Leaves are striated with yellow, and some leaves are entirely yellow, giving the plant a very colorful appearance. Cotyledon tomentosa ladismithiensis variegata form dense, low-growing mats and clusters of yellowish-orange bell-shaped flowers in late spring. They like porous soil with adequate drainage and bright light for best form with ample airflow. Water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch. Red borders vary depending on time of year and sun exposure. Protect from frost.  Please click the photo for complete information.
Graptopetalum amethystinum 3 1/2" pot $5


Graptopetalum amethystinum aka "Lavender Pebbles" grows to about 6" tall. In areas where there is no foot traffic, it can be used as a ground cover. Click photo to see more photos.

Graptopetalum pachyphyllum
4" pot $6

Origin and Habitat: Graptopetalum pachyphyllum is widespread in the mountains of central Mexico, from Zacatecas and San Luis Potosí to Jalisco, Hidalgo and Queretaro. It is common where it does occur, forming large colonies; but it seems to be known from only nine places over this range. Altitude range: Native to mountains at up to 2300 metres above sea level. Habit: It hides in small groups in crevices or forms loose mats or dense clusters on rocks near top of mountains and in canyons together with agaves and cacti more often than not in shady spots. The nearest relative might be Graptopetalum saxifragoides - both are summer flowering plants reaching highest elevations in the mountains. Photo is of a 6" pot

Tacitus Bella

Graptopetalum (Tacitus) bellum, native to Chihuahua, Mexico, forms miniature compact star-shaped rosettes to 3" in diameter with very ornate grayish-green leaves. Leaves appear to have a silvery overlay. Offsets to form clusters to 4" in diameter. During spring through early summer, branched flower spikes with 10 or more flowers each are produced. Flowers are a startling scarlet and can exceed 1" in diameter. This is the "Orchid" of the Crassulaceae! Prefers very porous soil with excellent drainage. Flowers in winter. Click photo for complete information and photo of extraordinary flowers. Beautiful blooms in June

Graptopetalum pentandrum
ssp. superbum

2 cuttings $4

Graptopetalum pentandrum superbum, native to Mexico, forms flattened rosettes of pointed frosty lavender leaves that become more columnar with age. Flowers are borne on an unusual delicate spike that looks like a hanging "mobile". Flowers are star-shaped pale yellow with dark red tips and many dark red speckles. Flowers resemble miniature Stapelia flowers. Porous soil with adequate drainage. Bright light with ample airflow. Water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch. Protect from frost.

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Graptopetalum pentandrum
ssp. superbum giant
2 cuttings $4

Graptopetalum pentandrum superbum, native to Mexico, forms flattened rosettes of pointed frosty lavender leaves that become more columnar with age. Flowers are borne on an unusual delicate spike that looks like a hanging "mobile". Flowers are star-shaped pale yellow with dark red tips and many dark red speckles. Flowers resemble miniature Stapelia flowers. Porous soil with adequate drainage. Bright light with ample airflow. Water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch. Protect from frost.

Graptopetalum pentandrum
with striping -
rooted plant 5" pot $15
Fragile plant. If leaves fall off when shipping, put on top of soil to start new plants

Graptopetalum pentandrum superbum with striping is a beautiful & exciting Graptopetalum. The plant will continue to product leaves with striping. Graptopetalum pentandrum superbum is native to Mexico, forms flattened rosettes of pointed frosty lavender leaves that become more columnar with age. Flowers are borne on an unusual delicate spike that looks like a hanging "mobile". Flowers are star-shaped pale yellow with dark red tips and many dark red speckles. Flowers resemble miniature Stapelia flowers. Porous soil with adequate drainage. Bright light with ample airflow. Click the photo to see the variation in striping. Water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch. Protect from frost.

Graptosedum 'Alpen Glow'

Graptosedum can be propogated by cuttings or simply placing a petal on top of the soil. Sometimes they root just sitting out of the soil for a week or two depending on the climate. Excellent groundcover, not to be walked on. Graptoveria 'Alpenglow' forms rosettes with beautiful pink-mauve leaves in rosettes that become somewhat bushy. The name "Alpenglow" refers to the reddish glow near sunrise and sunset in mountainous areas. Give sun for best color. Please click on photo for more information.

Graptosedum hybrid pink
4" pot $5

Graptosedum can be propogated by cuttings or simply placing a petal on top of the soil. Sometimes they root just sitting out of the soil for a week or two depending on the climate. Excellent groundcover, not to be walked on. Graptoveria 'Alpenglow' forms rosettes with beautiful pink-mauve leaves in rosettes that become somewhat bushy. The name "Alpenglow" refers to the reddish glow near sunrise and sunset in mountainous areas. Please click on photo for more information.

Graptoveria amethorum

Graptoveria 'Amethorum' is a hybrid between Graptopetalum amethystinum and Echeveria purpusorum. Forms rosettes to 3" in diameter with very plum grayish-green leaves with lighter margins. Blushes violet in bright light. Excellent for shadier areas in rock gardens or windowsills. Porous soil with adequate drainage. Bright, filtered light with ample airflow. Water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch. Protect from frost.

Graptoveria debbi

Graptoveria 'Debbie' has fleshy, lanceolate frosty pink leaves arranged in a rosette. Offsets to form low clusters. Color can become intense frosty pink-violet. Smallish apricot flowers appear in spring. Excellent color accent. Porous soil with adequate drainage. Bright light with ample airflow. Water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch. Protect from frost.

Graptoveria 'Bashful'
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Graptoveria 'Olivia'

Graptoveria Olivia' is a hybrid of Echeveria and Graptopetalum. They form 2-3" rosettes looking more like an Echeveria. They have silver/olive foliage, and pale yellow starry flowers.

Graptoveria 'Opalina'

In the sun they get a mauve/purplish color, very attractive.

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Graptoveria
paraguayense variagata
not as pink yet
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Graptopetalum paraguayense, native to Mexico, has glaucous blue gray leaves tinged with lavender. Rosettes become rambling to form semi-prostrate groundcovers. White star-shaped flowers with charming reddish speckling. Sometimes occurs as a variegated form or cristate form. Quickly grows to fill up larger areas in rock gardens. Can be used for hanging baskets. Porous soil with adequate drainage. Bright light to full sun. Water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch. Is frost tolerant, but best to give protection to prevent damage. Graptopetalum paraguayense variagata are originally from Mexico. You can propagate by seeds, stem and leaf cuttings. If growing outside give them full sun to keep them variagated. The color will vary in the fall and winter.

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