Sunday, March 20, 2011

Plant of the week: X Graptoveria 'Fred Ives'

Looking around my garden on Friday I started to notice how well things were starting to fill in.  It's such a joy to take a few wee cuttings from a friend's garden and watch them come into their own.

Such is the case with this plant of the week: X Graptoveria 'Fred Ives'.  This plant really fills that lush flower-like succulent category. It has this beautiful silver pink color that seems to really blend well with a lot of greens and grays in the garden. It doesn't get leggy like many Aeoniums so the maintenance is quite minimal. And as I have done in my garden, it's possible to employ them and ground covers . And as I said before that rosette looks like a wax flower, a flower that's more than a foot across. In the photo below they appear to be singles but soon there will be many heads of pups hugging the ground.

I just love heterosis.  Don't you?!


  1. I have some that look very similar and I always thought they were E. "Perl von Nürnberg"? Do you know what the difference between them is?

  2. Ah.. I will have to take a photo. But I thought you were the one to straighten me out. E. 'Perl Von Nurnberg' is smaller and doesn't form a stalk.