DESCRIPTION: Pachyphytum bracteosum is a fleshy succulent, with silver-grey leafy stems growing up to 30cm in height.  The red flowering stem grows up to 60cm in height.  The plant flowers in summer. BOTANICAL...
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DESCRIPTION: Pachyphytum bracteosum is a fleshy succulent, with silver-grey leafy stems growing up to 30cm in height.  The red flowering stem grows up to 60cm in height.  The plant flowers in summer.

BOTANICAL NAME: Pachyphytum brachteosum

OTHER NAMES: Silverbracts, Moonstones

AVERAGE MATURE HEIGHT: 30 cm

SUN EXPOSURE: Full to partial sun

FLOWER COLOUR: Red

COLD HARDINESS: Zone 9-11

WATER NEEDS: Low 

OTHER FEATURES: Low maintenance, house plant

Ornamental Features

Pachyphytum bracteosum is a silver-grey succulent with stunning red flowers during summer.

Landscape Attributes

Pachyphytum bracteosum is a small intense heat tolerant plant.  It can withstand poor soil conditions as long as it is free draining soil. Ideal in rock gardens or as a house plant.  It will not survive frost or prolonged temperatures under 7 Celsius.  It has low watering needs and is low maintenance.

Pachyphytum bracteosum is recommended for the following applications:

  • Rock gardens
  • house plants
  • summer container planting
Planting and Growing

 

Pachyphytum bracteosum will grow to about 12 inches tall at maturity with flower stems growing up to 24 inches long.  If planted outside, this plant will need to be brought indoors during the winter as this is when it does most of its active growing.  Water only when it is dry and avoid getting water on the leaves.  

This plant does best in full sun.  It does best in average to dry conditions, and will not tolerate standing water.  It is not particular as to soil type or pH.

Pachyphytum bracteosum is a fine choice for the summer rock garden or as a house plant.

 

 

 

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