Graptopetalum Amethystinum [Grap-toh-PET-al-um, Am-eth-ee-STEE-num] is an unusual succulent plant species which look like moon rocks with a powdery coating.
Graptopetalum belongs to the Crassulaceae family and is native to west-central Mexico and the United States. It is related to Echeveria.
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The leaves of this plant are plump and round, just like the Pachyphytum Oviferum plant (moonstones), but in lovely shades of lavender, pink, and green.
The common names for Graptopetalum amethystinum include:
- Lavender Pebbles
- Jewel Leaf Plant
- Wine Coolers
- Jewel Leaf Plant
- Wedding Almond
- Synonym: Echeveria amethystina
Graptopetalum Amethystinum Plant Care
Size & Growth
The G. Amethystinum is known for its chubby leaves with round tips, instead of the usual pointy ones seen in a majority of succulents.
The shades of rose and lavender are strongest among the new leaves, while the older leaves become greenish.
Rubbing off its powdery coating makes the shades more vivid.
Be careful though, because the leaves of this spoon or egg-shaped rosette are easily knocked off.
The stems will easily break particularly when thee rosette becomes droopy and long as the plant will spill over the pot.
Trim regularly and re-root this plant.
Flowering and Fragrance
The genus Graptopetalum produces star-shaped, beautiful flowers.
The blooms are produced in large quantities during the spring season.
Light & Temperature
Lavender Pebbles prefer the full sun, which enhances its strong, full growth.
It also tolerates partial shade.
Placing the plant under full sunlight produces bold and intense coloration of the leaves as compared to being placed in partial shade.
During harsh summers, partial shade is recommended.
Keep in mind; this plant starts turning soft yellow when it receives too much sun.
Although this occurrence is rare, it’s best to move the plant in a spot with less light.
Similar to Echeveria plants, these plants are known to be tender succulents.
They perform best in warmer climates and are not cold hardly like some Sedum and Sempervivum.
Nonetheless, these are still rather tough plants, and the majority of the genus may survive temperatures down to 20° degrees Fahrenheit (-7° C).
The USDA hardiness zones of this plant are 9a – 11.
Watering and Feeding
These succulent plants have thicker leaves with the ability to store water internally, which means they are able to survive without water for a longer duration.
However, this plant needs moisture to grow optimally.
- Check the soil moisture and water if it feels dry.
- Let the soil absorb the water and recheck the moisture level after a few hours.
- Water more frequently during the summer season, and cut the watering drastically in the winter season.
- Overwatering will destroy this plant.
- Feed with a liquid succulent fertilizer throughout its growing period, during the summer and spring seasons.
- Provide minimal water during the winter months.
Soil & Transplanting
Provide this plant with moist fresh soil for optimal growth.
Use a potting soil for succulents and cacti, ensuring the soil has excellent drainage.
Add organic fertilizer in the mix to enhance the natural defenses of the plant against pests.
Grooming and Maintenance
Lavender Pebbles grow fairly quickly, while freely setting offsets.
Instead of producing new rosettes around the mother plant’s base, this plant stems branch supporting individual rosette.
Without much maintenance and care, this plant forms a striking ground cover in a short period.
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How To Propagate Lavender Pebbles
The propagation of G. Amethystinum is done through leaf cuttings or stem cuttings.
- Cut off stem or rosette and plant it in a well-draining soil mixture.
- Take the succulent cuttings and put them on a fast-draining soil, under a shady area.
- Sprinkle some water on the leaves regularly.
- Once the leaves start getting roots, spray more quantity of water frequently.
- Once the roots are established, put it carefully in a pot or container to grow.
- Water regularly till new growth emerges.
These plants are the easiest and quickest succulents to propagate.
In a large bed, this plant propagates itself through leaf dropping and re-rooting!
Lavender Pebbles Pest or Diseases
This Graptopetalum plant is susceptible. Look for signs of mealybugs on succulents.
If honeydew and waxy fibers are detected on the shoots and leaves, then it is a sign of mealybugs infestation.
Moreover, dying and wilting plants is a sign of a mealybug’s infestations around the root.
Graptopetalum Pebbles Uses
These succulent plants are often used in wedding floral and special arrangements.
The Wedding Almond looks beautiful in a hanging planter as it tends to spill around the edges, trailing along the ground.
The silvery, pale leaves of this plant look striking when growing in a moonlight garden, as they reflect the light of the moon during the nighttime.
The sight is truly stunning!