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Graptopetalum paraguayense (Ghost Plant)

Ghost Plant, Mother-Of-Pearl Plant


Quite cold-hardy, Graptopetalum paraguayense (Ghost Plant) is a small evergreen succulent forming 4 in. wide rosettes (10cm) of fleshy, pointed, flat, grayish white, opalescent leaves. The foliage warms up to pinkish-yellow in hot, dry conditions and turns blue-gray in partial shade. The small rosettes grow at the tips of ever-lengthening stems, that become pendant over time and cascade beautifully. In spring, it produces dainty sprays of star-shaped yellow flowers. Vigorous, Ghost Plant offsets readily and will eventually create a low spreading colony. A very attractive plant for groundcovers, in hanging baskets, containers or for spilling over walls.

  • Grows up to 1 ft. tall (60 cm) and 2-3 ft. wide (60-90 cm).
  • Easily grown in sandy, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun or light shade. Best color is obtained in full sun. Thrives in heat and tolerates drought when established. Little irrigation required.
  • Excellent for rock gardens, succulent gardens or Mediterranean gardens. Perfect for containers where spectacular floral arrangements can be created.
  • Deer resistant
  • Virtually disease free. Watch for mealybugs, vine weevil and aphids
  • Propagate by stem or leaf cuttings in spring or early summer. Separate offsets in spring
  • Native to Mexico

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 11
Heat Zones 10 – 11
Climate Zones 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Cactus - Succulents
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' (30cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Mediterranean Garden

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 11
Heat Zones 10 – 11
Climate Zones 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Cactus - Succulents
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' (30cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Mediterranean Garden

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