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Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Graptopetalum paraguayense

Graptopetalum paraguayense
This Mexican Native is commonly called the "Ghost Plant" and is a small and fairly hardy succulent plant which forms small rosettes of silver-gray leaves with a slight pink tinge. Plants can get up to about 30cm or so with each rosette reaching perhaps 15cm. The fleshy leaves are fairly fragile and will fall off fairly easily if the plant is handled roughly.

Graptopetalum paraguayense need full sun to light shade and a well-drained soil.  If kept potted during the winter months, only water enough to keep the leaves from shriveling. This plant is planted into a raised border in the garden in a fairly heavy soil and has come through recent hard winters without any significant problems (Last winter reached minus 10C).

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