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Pachyphytum Oviferum (Moonstones)

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Pachyphytum oviferum (also named Sugaralmond plant or Moonstone) is a species of the genus Pachyphytum in the family of Crassulaceae. The meaning of the name Pachyphytum oviferum is Pachyphytum bearing eggs).

It comes from Mexico, in the rocky cliffs of the state of San Luis Potosi at an 1200 meters altitude.

Description

The most important aspect are the egg-shaped leaves which gave its name to the species.

The stems (20 cm long, 1 cm thick) rise then fall with circa 15 leaves. These leaves are 3 to 5 cm long, 1.8 to 3 cm large and 8 to 17 mm thick.

They are bluish, looking like a sugared almond confection.

The inflorescence consists of a 30 cm stem bearing scarlet, bell-shaped flowers.

Cultivation

As with most Pachyphytums, P. oviferum fears moisture – liking mineral rich, fast draining soils, light and even direct sunshine. Use containers larger than high.

In winter, temperature must be upper than 5° C. Do not water. When watering, do not pour water onto leaves to keep them immaculate.

The easiest ways of propagation are cutting of leaf and on the old plants division of clumps.

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