Graptoveria 'Fred Ives' f. variegata

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Scientific Name

x Graptoveria 'Fred Ives' f. variegata

Accepted Scientific Name

x Graptoveria 'Fred Ives'

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Genus: x Graptoveria


x Graptoveria 'Fred Ives' f. variegata is a variegated form of the very popular hybrid x Graptoveria 'Fred Ives'. It produces rosettes, up to 12 inches (30 cm) in diameter, of variegated waxy leaves that grow up to 6 inches (15 cm) long. Leaves are green, flushed blue-grey, later brown, and variegated with creamy-white and yellow.


USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

Photo by PricklyPearGardens

How to Grow and Care

The rules for Graptopetalum care are similar to those for most succulents. Container-bound plants thrive in a mixture of peat, sand, or other grit, topsoil, and a little bit of compost. Full sun is the best situation, but they will also grow in partial sun with slightly rangy results.

Graptopetalums need excellent drainage and moderate water. You can tell when to water by sticking your finger in the soil. If it is dry several inches down or the fleshy leaves are looking shriveled, you should water. Overwatering is a cause of root rots, and the plant can get several pest infestations.

These succulents are generally easy to propagate, by seeds, leaf cuttings or offsets. Any rosette that breaks off has the potential to root and start a new plant. Even a leaf that drops off will root below the parent plant and produce a new rosette quickly. The new plant feeds off the leaf until it shrivels up and falls off. By then, the new little ghost plant has rooted and sprouted new leaves.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Graptopetalum.


x Graptoveria 'Fred Ives' f. variegata is a variegated form of x Graptoveria 'Fred Ives'.


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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Plant Height : 1 to 2 feet
Plant Spread : 2 feet
Leaves: Glaucous
Unusual foliage color
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Other: Red-orange centered pale yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Provides winter interest
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Will not come true from seed
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Leaf
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Parentage : Graptopetalum paraguayense x Echeveria gibbiflora

Fast growing, large, offsetting Graptoveria. An excellent beginner's plant. Rosettes are purplish pink and glaucous, reaching about 14 inches if given sufficient space, but usually less. A medium size cutting can fill a 3 gallon pot in less than a year. Over time this plant may become a low shrubby bush. Underpotting will severely impair growth. Flowers are yellow. Leaves are various shades of blue, lilac, and pink, changing with the seasons and exposure (green leaves indicate insufficient light). Graptopetalum paraguayense x Echeveria gibbiflora. Very easily propagated from cuttings in 8 inch pots. Will branch in profusion if beheaded. May develop bulbils on flower stalks. Susceptible to aphid attack at the growth center and mealy attacks on the stem below the rosette.

Parentage: (Graptopetalum paraguayense X Echeveria gibbiflora)

Relatively slow growing and very slow to sucker. Prefers some afternoon shade and likes water if in fast draining soil.

Will handle some frost. Water sparingly in winter.

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