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Moonstone

Pachyphytum oviferum

Also known as

Sugar Almond Plant, Moonstone Succulent

Partial Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

9a-11b

USDA zone

-7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

10cm

Max

30cm

5cm

Min

10cm

5 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Pachyphytum oviferum
A photo of Moonstone
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Overview

Pachyphytum oviferum is an attractive succulent species in the Crassulaceae family. It has beautiful bluish-purple, plump, rounded leaves and in winter 30cm flowering stems appear bearing red-orange flowers with sepals the same colour as the leaves. Can grow in poor soil conditions as long as it's well-drained.

Common problems

Can be attacked by mealy bugs and suffer from fungal diseases and rot if over watered.

Harvesting

Generally not harvested.

Propagation

Cuttings

Can be propagated from leaves, simply remove cleanly from the mother plant, let callus for a few days until the wound has closed and place on soil or in water and wait for roots to develop. Roots usually grow first to seek out water, followed by new leaves. This may take anywhere from a week to a few months and there is no need to water propagating succulents as they will glean all the nutrition and moisture they require from their mother leaf, which will shrivel up over time. The original leaf may be gently removed once it has dried up and become crispy in texture, only remove if it comes away easily otherwise you risk damaging the baby plant.

Special Features

Attractive leaves

Indoor plant

Uses

Plant with other succulents in mixed containers or plant out in rock gardens during the summer