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Cresting Succulents


Graptoveria 'Fred Ives' crested

Graptoveria 'Fred Ives'

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

Graptopetalum paraguayense crested

Graptopetalum paraguayense crested

I believe this was the first cresting succulent that we had in our garden. Back in the day, we picked up some Graptopetalum paraguayense 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 found this article from the Cactus and Succulent Society of America that explains some of it. 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' crested

Echeveria 'Doris Taylor'

Here’s a cresting Echeveria ‘Doris Taylor’ which we added to our collection a couple of months ago. Recently, we saw one available over at Urban Bazaar, which was awesome. 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' crested

Aeonium 'Sunburst'

Another fun succulent that I picked up from work is this cresting Aeonium ‘Sunburst’. You can really see the flat stem here caused from the growing point happening over a line. BTW, cresting is also known as Cristate.

NOID crested

NOID crested

Okay. These next two, we aren’t exactly certain what they are. Would love some help on IDing it…or even some guesses. If I had to take a bet, I would say this on above is some sort of Pachyveria.

NOID crested

NOID crested

Here’s another to we’re not exactly sure, but think it’s another Graptoveria ‘Fred Ives’…just growing under different sunlight conditions in our garden.

Senecio vitalis crested

Senecio vitalis crested

Here’s a crester we no longer have, Senecio vitalis. The succulent was growing in a container and I think it got tossed during one of our revamping our garden sessions…oops.

Echeveria 'Winter Sunset' crested

Echeveria 'Winter Sunset'

We just planted this last one, Echeveria ‘Winter Sunset’ crested form. It has a cool looking stem and the rosettes are curving more than I could hope for. Does anybody have some fave succulents cresting in their collection? Would love to hear about them. Post some pics on our Facebook.

— Far Out Flora


  1. love them all ! keep them coming

  2. wow I love it !
    I have the first one on my rooftop. Your new succulent is nice too.

  3. The NOID (Pachyveria) is Pachyphytum compactum.

  4. I have this on some of my aloes. I’m worried it might be contagious???

  5. I am ashamed to admit that I haven’t got a single succulent in my garden and that’s because I have always considered them to be defective cacti that are too wimpy to have thorns.

    Shame on me because they are, in fact, quite beautiful and I need to adjust my attitude.

  6. Great cresting succulents. I may have to do a post on them sometime. Never seen a Doris Taylor like that crest. Awesome!

  7. Love, love, love, love. And did I say love? I’ve been collecting succulents for about 10 years now and they are so amazing…love the wide range of forms and colors, love that they reproduce so easily! I like to plant them in vintage items (wheelbarrow, high chair, soda crates, roller skates. So much fun!

  8. Matti-
    Every time I see a fasciating plant, I think of your love for the cresting succulents. I meant to tell you to look up Cryptomeria j. ‘Cristata’ for a pretty sexy conifer. Danger Garden has a good shot of one:

  9. Very nice! I have a couple of succulents but I highly doubt the ID’s given by the seller. (Ever heard of a “cutex”?) I sometimes go through your Flickr hoping to ID via appearance.

    • Dang, never heard of that one before…don’t you use that stuff to take off nail polish (lol). What does it look like? I wonder if there was a typo in there somewhere and they meant Culex. I believe that Culex is a mosquito and maybe they are getting creative with the name…meaning a mosquito plant like a Pelargonium citrosum, aka the Citronella Plant…which repels mosquitoes. Hum…

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