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Pachyphytum bracteosum

silver bracts

A compact perennial succulent, forming rosettes of short, rounded, fleshy silvery-grey leaves, that are sometimes flushed pink in strong light. In late spring and early summer, upright stems produce bright red flowers, almost completely enclosed in long silvery bracts

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Grey Silver Red Grey Silver
Summer Grey Silver Red Grey Silver Pink
Autumn Grey Silver
Winter Grey Silver
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H2
Botanical details
Family
Crassulaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Clump forming
Name status

Correct

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in sharply drained cactus compost in a greenhouse (minimum 5°C), or as a houseplant on a sunny windowsill. Water moderately while in growth and keep almost dry at other times. Apply a low-nitrogen fertiliser every 6-8 weeks in spring and summer. See houseplant cacti and succulent cultivation for further information

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown at 19-24°C in spring, or by leaf cuttings in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Houseplants
  • Patio and container plants
  • Conservatory and greenhouse
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be susceptible to mealybugs when grown under glass

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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