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Pachyphytum oviferum

Also known as

Sugared almond plum

Pachyphytum oviferum by Michael Wolf (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Partial Shade
Easy care
Light watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Moonstone Overview

Pachyphytum oviferum is an attractive succulent species in the Crassulaceae family. Commonly known by the names Moonstone, Moonstone Succulent or Sugar Almond Plant. It is grown for the beautiful bluish-purple, plump, rounded leaves. In winter 30cm flowering stems appear bearing red-orange flowers with sepals the same colour as the leaves. Can grow in poor soil conditions as long as it's well-drained. Place in bright sunlight and water sparingly.

Common problems with Moonstone

How to propagate Moonstone


Can be propagated from leaves, simply remove cleanly from the mother plant, let callus for a few days until the wound has closed and place on soil or in water and wait for roots to develop. Roots usually grow first to seek out water, followed by new leaves. This may take anywhere from a week to a few months and there is no need to water propagating succulents as they will glean all the nutrition and moisture they require from their mother leaf, which will shrivel up over time. The original leaf may be gently removed once it has dried up and become crispy in texture, only remove if it comes away easily otherwise you risk damaging the baby plant.


Special features of Moonstone

Attractive leaves

Indoor plant

Drought resistant

Pot plant

Other uses of Moonstone

Plant with other succulents in mixed containers or plant out in rock gardens during the summer


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