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Ghost Plant

Graptopetalum paraguayense

Mother of Pearl Plant

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This hardy succulent has greyish-white opalescent leaves. Interestingly, the overlapping triangular leaves form a Fibonacci spiral. When grown in semi-shaded areas they tend to be blue/grey, whereas, when grown in full sunshine, they can be pinkish grey. In spring, they produce dainty sprays of miniature star-shaped yellow flowers. Spectacular as a mass-planted water-wise groundcover, they are very easy to propagate, but be careful as the stems are brittle and can break easily.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring, Summer
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Not applicable

Propagation

Cuttings
Place stalks directly into soil. They will begin to develop roots within seven days.

Special features

Drought resistant
The fleshy succulent leaves store moisture to survive drought.
Pot plant
Does well in pots and its rangy habit causes it to cascade over the edge. Also useful in hanging baskets.

Geography

Origin
Mexico
Natural climate
Hot and dry

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Medicinal
There is research under way into the use of extract of Graptopetalum paraguayense as a treatment for liver cancer.

Personality

Family
Crassulaceae
Flower colour
Yellow
Scent
None

Problems

Pest free

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