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Pachyphytum oviferum - Moonstones

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Crassulaceae (Stonecrops)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Red
Bloomtime: Winter
Height: <1 foot
Width: <1 foot
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Pachyphytum oviferum (Moonstones) - A prostrate succulent to 4 inches tall by 12 or more inches wide with white stems bearing pale blue-green to bluish-purple rounded leaves in a rosette at the stems tips. The flowers, which appear in winter to early spring atop reddish 1 foot long stems, have red-orange petals surrounded by fleshy sepals the same color as the foliage. Plant in full sun along the coast or with some shade during the hottest part of day. Listed as frost tender but we find these plants can tolerate short duration temperatures in the mid to high 20s F without damage, but prolonged cold freezes the leaves and stems. This unusual and attractive plant is erect at first but lays over under the weight of the succulent leaves. It is known in the wild only from a single location on rock cliffs at 3,900 feet in San Luis Potosi. The name for the genus comes from the Greek word 'pachys' meaning "thick" and phyton (phuton) meaning "plant" because of the thick swollen leaves and the specific epithet comes from the Latin words 'ovum' meaning "egg" and 'fera' or 'ferum' meaning "carrying" again in reference to the shape of the turgid leaves. The common name "Moonstones" and alternate name "Sugar Almond Plant" is also a reference to the shape and color of the leaves.  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We have also incorporated comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing  Pachyphytum oviferum.