Indeed, Graptosedum is a sprawling variety. They look great in hanging baskets and make lovely groundcovers. Furthermore, in spring and fall you will see the most growth. Additionally, in spring look for white flowers. Absolutely a sign that your Graptosedum is healthy.
Because sunlight is so essential for this plant, you’ll get the best results growing outside. Zones 9-11 can sustain Graptosedum all year long. Therefore, in other areas, plant your succulent in a container that can be brought indoors when it’s cold out. Of course, be sure to avoid leaving your Graptosedum in temperatures below 30° F (-1.11°C).
Graptosedum is a hybrid of Graptopetalum and Sedum. Therefore, you may see it written as xGraptosedum. Popular Graptosedum varieties include ‘Alpenglow’, ‘California Sunset’, ‘Vera Higgins’, ‘Bronze’ and ‘Darley Sunshine’. These varieties vary in leaf color and shape. Although, this genus has many varieties, the care is universal.
‘Francesco Baldi’ Graptosedum
A sprawling succulent with long, hanging stems. And, rosettes close to the ground. Additionally, leaves are blue-gray, and turn pink with increased sun. Furthermore, in winter, they may even become purplish-brown.
‘Francesco Baldi’ has a common crested cultivar called Graptosedum ‘Francesco Baldi’ f. cristata. Rosettes grow on top of a crest. Which is a thick, cactus-like stem.
Graptosedum ‘Darley Sunshine’
This dainty Graptosedum has thick, long leaves with pink tips. It produces lots of offsets, which are great for propagation.
Graptosedum ‘Vera Higgins’, ‘Alpenglow’
The Graptosedum ‘Alpenglow’ (aka ‘Bronze’ or ‘Vera Higgins’) has brilliant pink leaves. Shading from light rose to deep coral. Of course, well-known for its deep burgundy color. The color comes from exposure to cool temperatures. Therefore, the succulent is more green at first. Although the burgundy is beautiful, don’t be tempted to lower the temperature too much. As a matter of fact, ‘Alpenglow’ is only cold hardy to about 25° F (-3.89°C).
Furthermore, stems can grow long and start to bend and trail. Additionally, with leaves growing on the full length of the stems. However, it can also be kept more compact with regular pruning. Additionally, a strong grower that can eventually form thick clusters in a range of sunset tones. This cultivar is likely a hybrid of Graptopetalum paraguayense (often misspelled G. paraguayensis) and Sedum stahlii.
‘Bronze’ or ‘Coffee’ can handle a minimum temperature of 15° F. Because of this, it can often survive outdoors in zone 8b. Unlike other varieties, the leaves of ‘Bronze’ grow abundantly below the rosettes. Furthermore, the cylindrical shape this makes gives the succulent a fuller appearance.
Graptosedum ‘Bronze’ is often grouped with Graptosedum ‘Vera Higgins’. Although similar, they do differ in color. ‘Alpenglow’ is more burgundy while ‘Bronze’ is, you guessed it, bronze. Plant parentage: Graptopetalum paraguayense x Sedum stahlii.
xGraptosedum ‘Bronze’ and xGraptosedum ‘Bert Swanwick’ are quite similar. However, the color of the leaves are slightly different. But, the flowers are identical. That means the two hybrids are different clones, probably of the same crossing.
Graptosedum ‘California Sunset’, ‘Peach Blossom’, Mother of Pearl Succulent
The ‘California Sunset’ is a festival of rosy-orange leaves. However, leaves actually start out grayish-green and then change color as they mature. Additionally, colors will be intensified by drought and cool winter temperatures. In fact, a fully-grown rosette will resemble a vibrant sunset in color. Hence, the name ‘California Sunset’. As a bonus, visit Succulents Box to purchase here with an additional 15%off.
This ghost of a succulent is just what you’d expect. Indeed leaves are pale with hints of blue, gray, and pink. When grown in full sun, the rosettes will turn yellow-pink. However, in the shade it will be bluish-grey. Additionally, this Graptosedum has beautiful trailing rosettes. Undoubtedly perfect for a hanging pot.
Graptosedum ‘Ghosty' vs Graptopetalum paraguayense ‘Ghost Plant’
The Ghosty Succulent is very similar to the Graptopetalum Ghost Plant. Although, you can differentiate by flower color. For example, ‘Ghosty’ has yellow and the Ghost Plant has white flowers. Additionally, I feel the Ghost plant grows a bit faster. Ghost Plant gets cool false variegation in the center of rosettes with light stress. The graptosedum ‘Ghosty’ also becomes etiolated faster in nonideal conditions.
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