ISI 2015-27. ×Graptosedum ‘California Sunset’

Long-cultivated and more widely-distributed than most of the hybrids made by Robert Grim, this succulent has compact, echeveria-like rosettes with a unique, orangish-pink color. The rosettes are at the tips of eventually decumbent stems, which can simply be cut back and restarted to maintain a more compact plant. New growth is a grayish-green but soon takes on its distinctive coloration that is enhanced by drought as well as cool winter temperatures. The durability and grayish new leaves of this hybrid are imparted by Graptopetalum paraguayense. The pastel coloration and white flowers come from the other parent, S. adophi, another durable Mexican succulent in the Crassulaceae. Rooted cuts of 104847, $5.

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Published in the Cactus and Succulent Journal, Vol. 87 (3), May - June, 2015