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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 12
Plant Height: 12 to 24 inches or more
Plant Spread: 24 to 36 inches
Leaves: Evergreen
Other: Paddle shaped leaves are light green with a grayish bloom, margins blushing red in cooler temperatures. The amount of sun exposure determines the amount of red leaves will exhibit.
Flower Color: Other: Pale yellowish-green
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late fall or early winter
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Groundcover
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Other: The flowers are the most toxic part.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Leaf
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots

Turned red since cool Jan. temps here in zone 9

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Location: Grows on south facing porch. Placed on patio for pictureDate: 2021-02-04Turned red since cool Jan. temps here in zone 9
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Location: Sun Zone 6aDate: 2012-08-06
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Location: Sun Zone 6aDate: 2012-09-23Winter home,this plant has quadrupled in size.
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Location: Sun Zone 6aDate: 2012-08-06
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Location: Sun Zone 6aDate: 2012-08-06Grown in Z6a in a container
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Location: SunZone 6aDate: 2013-06-12Taken 1 pup from the base.This plant is a drama queen no matter w
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Location: SunZone 6aDate: 2013-06-12
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Date: 2009-06-13Photo courtesy of: Martin Heigan
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Posted by ge1836 (Pittsford NY - Zone 6a) on Sep 24, 2012 9:48 AM

I had a question about trimming my Paddle plant and this was Tarev's reply.

Hi Jo Ann, ...I would think it is best to keep it in its pot for now. Come colder season, it will slow down in growing, and do not water too much, it is so easy for this one to have stem/leaf rot. Just keep it by a warm window. I would wait until next spring to divide it; by then the weather is heading to more warmth. At least your growing conditions are more controlled than mine.

My experience with this plant is that it produces the leaves from the top, the lower leaves die out, and it makes its pups from the base. It hates being watered too much, so a smaller pot is good so water drains out faster. So far, I have not divided mine, coz I grow my plant in a container outdoors. We do not have snow here, just some cold winter rains, and that's when I notice it really hates it. But I keep it outdoors, the rains are of short duration anyways and as soon as it feels warm and dried, it perks up. It turns deep red when under the sun and in the cold and not wet. Beware of snails, they love to make a meal out of it. So during winter my flapjack is such a sorry looking one, but by summer, it is happy again, it kind of trims itself, so I have no need of dividing it. Come warmer months it just stays apple green in color and truly loves the weather and grows actively.

Hope that helps.

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Plant Events from our members
tabbycat On February 26, 2021 Miscellaneous Event
freeze of 2-15-21 effected it but not lost
tabbycat On February 1, 2021 Miscellaneous Event
Turned brick red since cool temps of January
tabbycat On April 30, 2020 Potted up
Larger one made 2 pups so needed a bigger pot. Smaller got 1 too.
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