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PlantFiles: Graptopetalum
Graptopetalum pentandrum subsp. superbum

Family: Crassulaceae (krass-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Graptopetalum (grap-toh-PET-al-um) (Info)
Species: pentandrum subsp. superbum

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Alpines and Rock Gardens
Cactus and Succulents

under 6 in. (15 cm)
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
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Propagation Methods:
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4 positives
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive natureguyfrog On May 22, 2014, natureguyfrog from San Diego, CA wrote:

Names are very important to me! Unfortunately many names escape descriptive qualities for the sake of someone's ego! Now the name "pentandrum" is at least mostly explainatory. I know that "pentandrous" means 5 stamens.

Need help. How -drous becomes -drum? or is an additional meaning?

Aside from that...I find this is a spectacular species! Also...and yet I may be way our of line here...I have found that if you carefully view this plant from above it seems to me that the leaves are arranged in groupings of five as well! However it is a lot more subtle but it seems that you may (or not) find groupings of leaves of proportionately similar size progressions of size in approximate groupings of five in a spiral formation.

Regardless as to whether this is actually a must be remembered that nature is overflowing with amazing mathematical realities that we as yet do not fully understand. In spite of our arrogant hold of cyber-space as well as the suppression of many other animal and plant species other than ourselves at least some of these realities still exist! Yet daily hundreds of species of life still disappear from our planet just so that we can continue indulging in our excesses. Hopefully we will be humble enough when nature slaps us in the face to recognize that in spite of everything we are still an imperfect animal species...still evolving along with the millions of species of this planet!

Positive palmbob On Dec 30, 2006, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is one of my favorite Crassulacea species. It has fleshy, thick, and wonderfully lavendar leaves. Rosettes up to 5" in diameter and have a flattened 'face'. Suckers profusely and easy to grow from cuttings. Great plant for landscaping in southern California, particularly rocky areas, and one of the best pot succulents. Seems to always stay compact if given plenty of sun (handles full, hot sun fine). But if allowed, will make hanging rosettes (as it does in nature), so great for hanging pots, too. Not prone to rot, either, if accidentally watered too much. EASY!!

Positive Maudie On Feb 25, 2004, Maudie from Harvest, AL wrote:

These plants are easily propagated from leaf cuttings.

Positive Happenstance On Feb 21, 2004, Happenstance from Northern California, CA wrote:

Introduced in 1987


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Jones, Alabama
Clayton, California
Clearlake, California
Los Angeles, California
Menlo Park, California
Reseda, California
San Diego, California
San Jose, California
Santee, California
Savannah, Georgia
Poplarville, Mississippi
Austin, Texas

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