Ghost Plant

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Ghost Plant

  • Common Name: Ghost Plant (other common names: Mother of Pearl Plant)
  • Scientific Name: Graptopetalum paraguayense
  • Family Name: Crassulaceae
  • Origin: Mexico
  • Height: 1’
  • Width: 2’ – 3’ clumps
  • Growth: grow medium to fast and will become a spreading colony of rosettes before too long.
  • Zone: 7 - 11
  • Light Needs: Full sun – Partial sun (full or half-day of sun)
  • Salt Tolerance:  unknown
  • Soil/PH/Texture: Loam and sand, mildly acidic - mildly alkaline (pH 6.1 – 7.8)
  • Soil Moisture: Low water needs, well-drained - Be sure to allow the soil to almost completely dry between watering’s.
  • Drought Tolerance: very
  • Pests/Diseases: virtually disease free, watch for vine weevils, mealy bugs and aphids
  • Growing Conditions: low maintenance and easy to grow
  • Characteristics: a succulent that has fleshy, pointed, grayish white, opalescent leaves, formed in about 4” wide rosettes. The color changes to a pinkish-yellow in dry and hot conditions or to a blue-gray if it gets partial shade. It grows more rosettes at the end of its stems and cascade down and in the spring, it produces tiny yellow star-shaped flowers.
  • Propagation: by offsets in the spring or by leaf and stem cuttings (Allow cut surface to callous over before planting).
  • Wildlife: deer resistant
  • Facts: A powdery coating called pruinose covers this plant's leaves, giving them their ghostly look. This coating is delicate and can be damaged by handling.
  • Designer Considerations: use in borders, as groundcover, in rock, succulent, cactus or Mediterranean garden beds or as a container plant or hanging basket on your patio. Try mixing ghost plant with other forms of succulents for an interesting yet low-maintenance planting.