Black Succulent

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  1. Snap

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    Hello all, I'm hoping to ID this succulent and get some growing tips. Mainly black in colour, with a little dark green/dark red, leaves up to 1 inch/3 cm long. Flowers (from memory) are small, yellow (not bells), sparse and grow on a spike. The plant seems to be on a never ending cycle of doing OK, to looking terrible and over again (no doubt, my fault). I think it would like to hang, if it grew well. My Mum, who has an incredibly green thumb, has trouble growing it also. Thank you in advance.:fingerscrossed:
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    Look into Sedeveria, hybrids between Sedums & Graptoverias. There are quite a few. 'Jet Beads' is one that can get a dark coloring like that.
     
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    Looks like its doing exactly what its supposed to do. I have one that grows similarly. It puts out runners with plantlets and where ever they touch the ground they root and begin a new plant that in turn puts out runners and plantlets. Looks quite healthy to me.
    Mine stores water in the leaves. Have no idea what the name is other than its called "Moses in a Boat".
     
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    Thanks so much Purpleinopp, I found photos Sedeverias online last night and thought I might be onto something:)

    mart, I might plant mine out (not in a pot) and see if it does better.
     
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    mart Hardy Maple

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    Just break off one of the plantlets and plant that and see how it does before doing the whole thing. They do freeze in winter and will not come back. I remove one or two of mine and keep them inside over the winter so I will have a start for the next season.
     
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    Thanks mart, I live in Brisbane, Australia. We don't often get temperatures above 38 °C (100 °F) {that's extreme} or lows below 0 °C (32 °F), so I don't think I will need to bring it indoors?
     
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    Gets a little colder here. I have some Sedeverias that have been outside since 2013, 3 winters.
     
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    No idea what it is but it is definitely interesting.
     
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    Probably is not like mine then,,just similar growth habits. I am in Texas and mine freezes in winter.
     
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    What is your plant up to now?
     
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    It's looking healthier @purlpeinopp. I took some cuttings and have moved those into a different position. Also, I found a couple of pups in a hanging pot near by (not sure how they got there), hopefully they'll do well to. When it flowers, I'll be sure to upload photos :)

    PS. how the heck do I tag you or another member?
     
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    @Snap , great update! If a leaf fell into another pot, a baby plant could form. Could that have happened? Love your optimistic attitude "when it flowers!" Good stuff.

    Frank, I didn't know that. TY for the info. Trying it now.
     
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    Mum and I took a large piece to a succulent nursery and the owner couldn't ID it, exactly. She said it looks similar to Echeveria compressicaulis, and will take it to a cacti and succulent society meeting at the end of the month. I think the flowers (when it flowers) will aid in the identification process :)
     
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    There is new growth on the few sprigs I transplanted, it's quite red. And, I heard back from the nursery lady who attended a large succulent meeting/convention recently...

    " no positive ID. Thoughts were it may be a Kalanchoe, or a Sedum and even one thought it may be a Crassula! The outcome was that without a flower it is hard to ID as the flower is what tells you the family it belongs to. Until she flowers at this stage I’m afraid it is still a mystery."
     

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