Graptopetalum Bellum, also known as Tacitus Bellus or Chihuahua Flower, is a perennial succulent native to West Mexico (Chihuahua).
The plant forms large and flat rosettes that grows up to 10 cm in diameter. Its deep green triangular leaves are about 2.5 cm long.
Graptopetalum Bellum flowers are possibly the largest flowered member in the Crassulaceae family.
The deep pink flowers are 5 petalled, star-shaped and have dark pink/red stamens tipped with white anthers emerging from a pink/red center. They bloom during late Spring to early Summer and last several weeks. Cultivation: Tacitus bellus needs more shade than others in the family however it can tolerate full sun. The soil must be able to hold the moisture that the plant requires. Water when plant is dry and do not water again until the soil is completely dry again. During October to March, water very sparingly, using only enough water to keep the foliage from shriveling. It can overwinters well also under grow lights in a cool room of the house. Tacitus bellus requires low temperature for flower formation and it will not flower unless it is overwintered for at least a month at 15° C or less. Hardiness zone: 9-11