The Tortoise Club

Plant Name:

Mother of Pearl

Latin Name:

Graptopetalum paraguayan

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Graptopetalum paraguayense is a species of succulent plant in the jade plant family, Crassulaceae, that is native to Tamaulipas, Mexico. Common names include mother-of-pearl-plant and ghost plant. This is not to be confused with Monotropa uniflora which is also referred to as the “Ghost plant”. G. paraguayense has white flowers which have a form of a star. It also closely resembles echeveria. Like all succulents, if fed in excess, can cause diarrhea.