In botany, succulent plants, also known as succulents, are plants with parts that are thickened, fleshy, and engorged, USUALLY TO RETAIN water in arid climates or soil conditions. The word succulent comes from the Latin word SUCCUS it means ‘JUICE‘, or ‘SAP‘. This kind of plant may store water in various structures, such as LEAVES AND STEMS. Some definitions also include roots, thus geophytes that survive UNFAVORABLE CONDITIONS by dying back to underground storage organs may be regarded as succulents. In horticultural use, the term succulent is sometimes used in a way which excludes plants that botanists would regard as succulents, such as CACTI. Succulents are often grown as ORNAMENTAL PLANTS because of their striking and unusual appearance, as well as their ability to thrive with RELATIVELY MINIMAL CARE.

GRAPTOPETALUM AMETHYSTINUM CRISTATA

Many plant families have multiple succulents found within them (over 25 plant families). In some families, such as Aizoaceae, Cactaceae, and Crassulaceae, MOST SPECIES ARE SUCCULENTS. The habitats of these water preserving plants are often in areas with HIGH TEMPERATURES and LOW RAIN FALL, such as deserts. Succulents have the ability to thrive on LIMITED WATER SOURCES, such as MIST AND DEW, which makes them EQUIPPED TO SURVIVE IN AN ECOSYTEM WHICH CONTAINS SCARE WATER SOURCES. Those who grow succulents as a hobby use the term in a DIFFERENT WAY OF BOTANIST. In horticultural use, the term succulent regularly excludes cacti. A further difficulty is that plants are not either succulent or non-succulent. In many genera and families there is a continuous gradation from plants with thin leaves and normal stems to those with very clearly thickened and fleshy leaves or stems, so that deciding what is a succulent is often arbitrary. Different sources may classify the same species differently.

GRAPTOPETALUM AMETHYSTINUM CRISTATA

Graptopetalum Amethystinum Cristata is a crested form of Graptopetalum amethystinum Graptopetalum (leatherpetal) is a PERENNIAL SUCCULENT PLANTS AND NATIVE TO MEXICO AND ARIZONA. They grow grow in a ROSETTE. They are not frost hardy but in frost free regions, make excellent rockery plants.

PLANTING
FROM EARLY SPRING TO EARLY SPRING
They can be propagated easily by SEPARATING OFFSETS, but also by cutting leaves, and by seed if they are not hybrids. Succulents NEED a WARM, SUNNY WELL DRAINED POSITION TO DEVELOP THEIR FOLIAGE COLOR. Most succulents will be grown in CONTAINER AND POTS, and they WILL NEED GOOD DRAINAGE. Add coarse grit to SOIL LESS COMPOST AND REPORT EVERY YEAR IN LATE SPRING. Don’t worry about damaging the roots when re-potting, these plants tolerate disturbance well.

FLOWERING
FROM EARLY SPRING TO LATE SUMMER

Flowers on short stalks (cymes) arise from compact rosettes of succulent fleshy, OFTEN BRIGHTLY COLOR LEAVES. Species are POLYCARPIC, it MEANS THAT THEY MAY FLOWER AND SET SEED MANY TIMES OVER THE COURSE OF THEIR LIFETIMES.

Please understand if the size varies and simply plant it in a pot and LEAVE AT BRIGHT LOCATION WITHOUT DIRECT SUNLIGHT FOR A FEW DAYS. Then you can begin watering the plant, gradually introducing MORE SUNLIGHT , AND WATCHING IT THRIVE.

GRAPTOPETALUM AMETHYSTINUM CRISTATA

Please be aware that the color of the plant may vary based on its growing condition, do not panic about that just with proper care and abundant sunlight the color will reappear.

Just like other succulent plants, here are some care tips:

Porous soil with good drainage.
Bright light with ample airflow.
Water when soil is dry
Protect from winter frost.
Protect from extreme heat