• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, requires only occasional watering.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Rosettes reach 3 in. tall, 4 in. wide; slowly spreading by offsets.
    Key Feature:
    Rock Garden Plant
    Late Spring to Early Summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:grap-toh-PET-al-um BEL-lum
    Growth habit:Mounding, Spreading
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Rosettes reach 3 in. tall, 4 in. wide; slowly spreading by offsets.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Late Spring to Early Summer
    Flower color:Pink
    Garden styleMediterranean, Rustic, Xeric
    Companion PlantsBlue Fescue (Festuca glauca); Salvia (Salvia); Tickseed (Coreopsis); Sedum (Sedum); Pearl Bluebush (Maireana sedifolia); Agave (Agave)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in well-drained soil that contains equal parts loam with gravel, pumice or lava grit. Best in partial shade in hot summer areas. Avoid excessive humidity. Water sparingly in the cool season. Drought tolerant when established.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, requires only occasional watering.
  • History & Lore
    Native to Mexico, Graptopetalum bellum was discovered in mountainous terrain at 4,800 ft, on the border of Chihuahua and Sonora, Mexico by Alfred Lau in 1972. In its natural habitat, it grows along steep terrain and cliffs, in brightly lit spots that are sheltered from full sun.


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