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Cactus Succulent

Pachyphytum oviferum
  • RHS AGM

moonstones

A clump-forming succulent producing short stems of fleshy, white-frosted glaucous leaves. In spring it bears an arching spike of red flowers inside glaucous outer petals

Other common names
sugared almond plum

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
1–2 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Red Grey Silver Grey Silver
Summer Grey Silver
Autumn Grey Silver
Winter Grey Silver
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing or East–facing

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

Correct

Plant range
Mexico

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in pots of 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 in spring at 21°C, or by leaf cuttings in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Conservatory and greenhouse
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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