X Graptosedum’Vera Higgins’/X Graptoveria ‘Alpenglow’
I bought this plant at Wal-Mart on 8-24-12. The name on the tag says ‘Alpenglow’/'Vera Higgins’, then under those names it says Graptosedum The care information on the tag states: “Drought tolerant when established. Graptoveria ‘Alpenglow’ forms rosettes that become somewhat bushy. The name ‘Alpenglow’ refers to the reddish glow near sunrise and sunset in mountainous areas. Excellent as a groundcover or in rock gardens. Needs porous soil with adequate drainage. Protect from frost.”
This plant is in a 4 oz., 2 1/2″ pot. There are 5 plants in this pot, measuring a total of 3 1/4″ wide x 1 1/2″ tall. This is a nice Sedumy looking succulent with green and maroon leaves.
When writing information on the blog, I always try to find as much information as possible to make sure what I write is correct. BUT, it gets pretty frustrating when labels have two names of completely different plants on the same label! This is the sase with this one. Graptosedum and Graptoveria are two different intergeneric crosses. Both perhaps involve Graptopealum paraguayensis with either Sedum or Echiveria. Some websites seem stuck on these plants being the same. BUT, most are just selling plants and have obtained them from growers who are just looking at figures and have no real desire to know their ancestry. Some list Graptosedum ‘Vera Higgins’ as a synonym for Graptoveria ‘Alpenglow’.
One very good website that I refer to a lot states that Graptosedum ‘Vera Higgins’ is an intergeneric hybrid between Graptopetalum paraguayensis and Sedum stahlii. The correct name should be written X Graptosedum ‘Vera Higgins’ or perhaps ‘Bronze’. Apparently ‘Vera Higgins’ and ‘Bronze’ are two diffent names for the same plant, which has led to some debate.
X Graptosedum ‘Vera Higgins’ was named after a a lady of great importance in the cactus/succulent world. Vera Higgins (1892-1968) was a British botanical artist, author, translator and fellow of the Linnean Society of London. She was the given the a Royal Horticultural Society Victoria Medal of Honour in 1946. She was the the first editor of The Cactus Journal of the Cactus & Succulent Society of Great Britain from 1931 thru 1939 when World War II forced the Society to close. During the war she was the editor of the Journal of the Royal Horticultural Society. Her last book was Crassulas in Cultivation, written in 1964.
The internet states X Graptoveria is an intergenetic hybrid of Graptopetalum (Greek for marked petals) and Echiveria (for Atanasio Echiverria Codoy, a Spanish botanist).
X Graptoveria ‘Alpenglow forms rosettes with pink-mauve laves that become bushy. ’Alpenglow’ refers to the reddish glow of the leaves that supposedly resemble the color of the sunrise and sunset in mountainous areas (Wouldn’t know, I haven’t seen any mountains around here…).
The care of both Graptosedums and Graptoveria are basically the same, so we can’t argue with that.
LIGHT: Sun to part shade. The will probably do fine in full sun, but they need to get acclimated to it after being indoors during the winter. Unless, of course, you are fortunate to live where they can be outside all winter!
SIZE: This could make a difference. X Graptoveria ‘Alpenglow’ supposedly grow to UNDER 6″ while X Graptosedum ‘Vera Higgins’ grows from 6-12″. ‘Vera Higgins’ is also a more of a vigorous grower and paler in color than ‘Alpenglow’
CULTURE: All succulents like fast draining potting soil and will not tolerate prolonged wet feet. Finding a proper cactus and succulent potting soil is impossible so it is best to mix your own. Use a regular potting soil (even if it is Miracle Grow Cactus, Citrus, and Palm Soil) and mix it 50/50 with perlite or a combination of perlite and grit or builders sand. This will give adequate drainage and root breathing ability for your plants.
WATER: Water only when soil is dry. One way I tell with windowsill plants is to just pick up the pot. If they are very light, then you should water. When you water, it should come out of the drain holes very. If you have your pot on a saucer or something, dump the excess at least a minute or two after watering. In the winter, water even less. Mine are sitting on a windowsill about the kitchen sink, so I just take the pot and hold it indue the faucet, let it drain, and out it back in the saucer.
ZONES: USDA Zones 10a-11 (30-40 degrees). These are frost tender succulents, so even though they cold tolerant down to 30, they still will not tolerate a frost.
FLOWERS: Both produce yellow flowers. Dave’s Garden states that X Graptosedum ‘Vera Higgins’ flowers in late winter-early spring but doesn’t say for X Graptoveria ‘Alpenglow’
USES: Use as a specimen windowsill plant, in combination with other succulents in a planter, as accent plants in the garden, etc. Don’t know anything about Graptopetalum’s, but Sedum’s and Echiverias are AWESOME, so it is only normal that Graptosediums and Graptoveria’s would be, too.
Since I moved to Missouri and took this plant with me, additional photos and information about this plant are on my new blog, The Belmont Rooster. If you would like to go there, click on Graptosedum ‘Vera Higgins’/Graptovera ‘Alpenglow’ and you will be redirected to its new page on the new blog.
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