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Crassula muscosa – Watch Chain, Princess Pine

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Scientific Name

Crassula muscosa L.

Common Names

Watch Chain, Watch Chain Plant, Princess Pine, Lizard’s Tail, Zipper Plant, Toy Cypress, Rattail Crassula, Clubmoss Crassula

Synonyms

Crassula lycopodioides

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Crassuloideae 
Genus: Crassula

Description

Crassula muscosa is a small succulent plant with tiny light green leaves, densely packed around the thin stem, forming a square mass. It grows as an intricate bush up to 12 inches (30 cm) tall. The flowers are little and yellow-green.

Crassula muscosa - Watch Chain Princess Pine

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How to Grow and Care

Crassula are easy to grow, but they are susceptible to mealy bugs and fungal diseases. As with all succulents, overwatering is sure to be fatal, so err on the side of too dry rather than too wet. Never let your Crassula sit in water. If you water from beneath by letting the plant sit in a saucer of water, make sure to pour off any excess water after a few minutes. Crassula are generally started by division, offsets or leaf cuttings. Plants can be easily propagated from a single leaf: sprout leaves by placing them into a succulent or cacti mix, then covering the dish until they sprout. Repot as needed, preferably during the warm season. To repot a succulent, make sure the soil is dry before repotting, then gently remove the pot. Knock away the old soil from the roots, making sure to remove any rotted or dead roots in the process. Treat any cuts with a fungicide. Place the plant in its new pot and backfill with potting soil, spreading the roots out as you repot… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Crassula.

Origin

Native to Namibia and South Africa (Eastern Cape, Free State, North West, Northern Cape, Western Cape).

Subspecies, Varieties, Forms, Cultivars and Hybrids

Crassula muscosa var. variegata

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