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X GRAPTOSEDUM 'Vera Higgins'

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Altman Plants

Family

Crassulaceae

Botanical Name

X GRAPTOSEDUM 'Vera Higgins'

Plant Common Name

Sedum, Vera Higgins Sedum

Special Notice

This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

This plant is the result of an unusual cross between two Mexican genera, while most hybrids are a cross between two species. One parent is the ghost plant, Graptopetalum paraguayensis, which features a rosette of leaves in a mother of pearl like coloration. The other is hardier Sedum stahlii, known as coral beads which resembles a round pearl leaf form of donkey tail. This hybrid features the rosette form and the ghostly color of one parent on the new growth and the purple-red or bronze coloring of the other parent as leaves age. It makes a fine groundcover in frost free areas. The plant loves sun on the coast, but may suffer inland where extreme heat forces it to be grown in the shade.

This hybrid blooms modestly in spring or early summer with small yellow five petal blooms held above the foliage. They are not very showy and may be cut off to preserve the beauty of the plants. This is an ideal choice for low, wide succulent color bowls to contrast with brighter leaf plants. It's perfect for rock gardens where the climate and exposure are just right. Grow in a solarium in the winter for beautiful soft forms. Like all succulents, this one demands very well drained porous soils with plenty of sharp sand. Water scantly in winter but often in the summer for fast growth.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 10

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Plant Type

    Cactus or Succulent

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    6"-10" / 15.2cm - 25.4cm

  • Width

    1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Rosette/Stemless

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Yellow, Pink

  • Fruit Color

    Sandy Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Gray Green, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Gray Green, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Gray Green, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Gray Green, Bronze

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Groundcover, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No