Thursday, January 7, 2010

Graptopetalum pentandrum ssp. superbum

This is another one of those plants whose flowers can't be fully appreciated until you get up close and personal: Graptopetalum pentandrum ssp. superbum.  They're a part of the Crassulaceae and are from Mexico. Following are a few photos. (Specific status has been proposed for superbum, but I'm not aware if this has been widely accepted.)



  1. so, i have/had one of these, and it was growing and happy, then today i walked by it and noticed it had dropped all its leaves, so now its just a little nub....and i have no clue if its dead, or going to make a come back....any input on this would be much appreciated

  2. My cactus has dropped all of it's petals too. Any advice anyone?

  3. The first thing to do when a problem is noticed is examine carefully for pests such as mealy bugs and spider mite. Secondly I would uproot the plant and examine the root system, checking again for pests and to make sure the potting mix is adequate. Thirdly, I would analyze the situation of the plant to rule out environmental issues (too much sun or heat or water). What to do then would depend upon the results of these steps.

  4. These are very nice plants, anyone know where I might be able to buy one online?

    1. We offer these at our nursery website: