Graptopetalum bellumItem #7917 USDA Hardiness Zone: 9 - 10
Possibly the showiest member in its family, this low growing, mounding succulent offers large hot pink flowers above dense, ground hugging rosettes. Unique, triangular shaped leaves are deep green, often edged in white. Excellent small scale ground cover, rock garden accent or container plant. A frost-tender evergreen.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Once established, requires only occasional watering.Average Landscape Size:Rosettes reach 3 in. tall, 4 in. wide; slowly spreading by offsets.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:grap-toh-PET-al-um BEL-lumDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:Mounding, SpreadingGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Rosettes reach 3 in. tall, 4 in. wide; slowly spreading by offsets.Special features:Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Dramatic Foliage Color, Dwarf Plant, Gift Plant, Waterwise, Year-round InterestFoliage color:GreenBlooms:Late Spring to Early SummerFlower color:PinkCompanion PlantsBlue Fescue (Festuca glauca); Salvia (Salvia); Tickseed (Coreopsis); Sedum (Sedum); Pearl Bluebush (Maireana sedifolia); Agave (Agave)
- CareCare InformationThrives 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:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Once established, requires only occasional watering.
- History & LoreHistory: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.