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Products > Graptoveria 'Thousand Cranes'
Graptoveria 'Thousand Cranes'

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Crassulaceae (Stonecrops)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Pale Yellow
Bloomtime: Summer
Parentage: (Graptopetalum X Echeveria)
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
x Graptoveria 'Thousand Cranes' - A beautiful and durable succulent plant that produces large clumps of rosettes that are 10 inches tall by 12 to 15 inches wide atop short stems. It has thick pinkish bronze succulent oblanceolate leaves that are 6 to 7 inches long by 2 1/2 to 3 inches wide with a broad mucronate tip and with a deep channel in the middle of the upper surface and a matching keel below. In summer appear the short 1 foot tall branched inflorescences bearing yellow flowers. Plant in full to part sun in a well-drained soil. Little irrigation required. This vigorous plant is great as a container specimen or in the ground in well-drained soils or raised planters. This plant is similar to the popular x Graptoveria 'Fred Ives' but grown side by side the differences are quite obvious as this plant has longer, wider and much thicker leaves that are flatter on the upper surface than 'Fred Ives' and the leaf tip is a little more blunt with coloration that is pinker and less violet. This plant's origins and its valid cultivar name remain a bit of a mystery. We first got this plant unnamed in 2008 with a Echeveria collection received from noted collector Marylynn Henderson. In 2011 Echeveria specialist SeongJu Hwang visited our nursery and he told us that this plant was sold in Korea under a name that translated to a "thousand cranes" as it was a plant that was considered to bring good luck. We have since sent pictures of it around to others to see if they recognize it, or this name, but while most note its similarity to 'Fred Ives', nobody seems to know its origin or if it has another name, so we continue to call it x Graptoveria 'Thousand Cranes'.  The information on this page is based on the research that we have conducted about this plant in the San Marcos Growers library, from what we have found on reliable online sources, as well as from observations made of our crops of this plant growing in the nursery and of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens where we may have observed it. We also have incorporated comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Graptoveria 'Thousand Cranes'.