Crested Succulents

Originally posted: November 28, 2011

We’re starting to get a sweet collection of cresting succulents these days. Check out this Graptoveria ‘Fred Ives’. Good color and adds a lot of punch amongst the green and gray succulents. Parents of this cultivar are Graptopetalum paraguayense and Echeveria gibbiflora. Crazy how some plants can cross breed between genera.

Graptoveria ‘Fred Ives’
Graptopetalum paraguayense

I think this was the first cresting succulent that we had in our garden. Back in the day, we picked up some cuttings from a buddy. Turned out that a couple of them started to crest. We’re not exactly sure how, why or when cresting happens, but wikipedia gives a good description of the weird growth. Seems that the growing point starts to go a little funky where the single growing point turns into a growing line or plane. Then the plant may form a crest or fan shape. It’s not limited to just succulents, but can occur on a variety of other plants. Yesterday, we noticed that one of our Euphorbia flowers is starting to crest. Strange.

Echeveria ‘Doris Taylor’

Here’s a cresting Echeveria ‘Doris Taylor’ which we added to our collection a couple of months ago. Sometimes known as the Woolly Rose, parents are thought to be Echeveria setosa and Echeveria pulvinata. It has hairy leaves and normally grows in a rosette.

Aeonium ‘Sunburst’

Aeonium ‘Sunburst’ getting weird.You can really see the flat stem here caused from the growing point happening over a line. 

Update November 2019: We spotted this crazy big Euphorbia going cresty crazy up in Mendocino.

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