Sunday, January 25, 2009
This is Pachyphytum oviferum, commonly called 'Moonstones' for the shape and pearly blue-purple-grey color of the leaves. Thanks to this article for help with the identification. Too often succulents are sold with no identification whatsoever : (
The plant in this picture grows on the south side of the house; I have another similar sized and aged plant on the exact opposite north side. The one on the south is coming into full bloom; the one with the northern exposure has no flower buds. Also, its stems are etiolated; they are lengthened as a result of the lower light conditions. I measured the internodes (stem space between leaves). The plant on the sunny south side averages about 3/8" internode on the older leaves, with from next to nothing to about 1/4" on the newest leaves. The northern-exposed plant's internodes, including the newest leaves, average 3/4". This results in stems about 3x longer on the shade-grown plant. This plant has bloomed in the past, I believe in mid-summer. when the sun swings around the house to the north.