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Description

Propeller plant is small to medium size trailing succulent that can reach 1-2 ft. high and 2-3 ft. wide. Distinctive and flat sickle-shaped leaves are gray in color, grow 3-5 in. long and clasp onto stems in an interesting opposite pattern. Striking bright red flowers provide an intense contrast to foliage color in mid summer.

This bold flowering succulent grows well in pots, hanging baskets, banks and rock gardens. It is adapted to full sun, good drainage and low amounts of supplemental water.

Water Needs

Propeller plant is well adapted to all parts of the Inland Empire in sunny exposures with normal winter rains and low amounts of summer irrigation. The chart shown below provides a recommended baseline guide to the monthly irrigation schedule and volume of supplemental water needed to maintain healthy growth throughout the average year. It should be noted there are several months indicated by an asterisk (*) when winter rains often provide sufficient moisture and irrigation is not needed. The high and low range of moisture indicates Propeller plant can grow with varying amounts of water; little supplemental water is needed during summer following the flowering cycle.

Irrigation Schedule and Graph

Low Water Use Plants

Irrigation Schedule 1

  Jan* Feb* Mar* Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov* Dec*
Runs per Month 0x to 2x 0x to 2x 0x to 2x 1x 1x 1x 1x 1x 1x 1x 0x to 2x 0x to 2x
Inches per Run 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1"
 
Inches per Month 0" to 2" 0" to 2" 0" to 2" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 0" to 2" 0" to 2"

Range of supplemental summer water: 7"
Range of supplemental winter water: 0"-10"

 
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  Jan* Feb* Mar* Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov* Dec*
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Plant Properties

Plant Type: Succulent
Foliage Character: Succulent
Habit: Trailing, Rigid, Open, Irregular branching
Growth Rate: Slow
Height: 1 ft. - 2 ft.
Width: 2 ft. - 3 ft.
Water Needs: Low 1
Foliage Color: Gray green
Flower Color: Red
Flower Season: Summer
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil
Exposure Adaptations: Wind, Morning sun, Heat, Filtered or indirect sunlight, Drought, All day sun
Function: Rock gardens, Residential spaces, Raised planters, Near pools and water features, Grouped, Foliage accent plant, Flowering accent plant, Container plant, Borders

Maintenance

Very low maintenance. Prune only as needed for cuttings or to thin plants, any time of the year. Remove dried spent flowers and flower stalks as needed (D).

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