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Crassula ovata ‘Crosbys Compact’ – Dwarf Jade Plant

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Scientific Name

Crassula ovata ‘Crosbys Compact’

Common Names

Dwarf Jade Plant

Synonyms

Crassula ovata ‘Crosby’s Dwarf’, Crassula argentea ‘Crosbys Compact’

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Crassuloideae 
Genus: Crassula

Description

Crassula ovata ‘Crosbys Compact’ is a much branched, slow growing succulent shrub, up to 3 feet (90 cm) tall, with thick stems that hold up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) long, obovate leaves that are green, with red margins and new leaves that can be suffused entirely with red tones. The white, star-like flowers appear in clusters within at the tips of the foliage in late fall through winter.

Crassula ovata 'Crosbys Compact' - Dwarf Jade Plant

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How to Grow and Care

Easy to grow in container, best in full sun but will tolerate part sun. It need well-drained soil with a neutral pH. Water regularly form spring to autumn and allow soil to dry out before watering again. During the winter months, water only enough to keep the leaves from shriveling. Most common reason for failure is overwatering. Propagating is achieved with leaf or stem cuttings which are placed into a soil mix, then wait until they show some growth… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Jade Plant (Crassula ovata).

Uses

Crassula ovata is a popular good luck charm in Asia thought to activate financial energies. This beautiful succulent has vibrant green leaves symbolic of growth and renewal, closely resembling jade coins, symbolic of wealth and prosperity. It is a traditional gift for businesses and many business owners place a Jade Plant near the entrance of their restaurants or shops, or in a southeast location to bring prosperity and success… – See more at: Jade Plant for Good Luck, Prosperity and Friendship.

Jade Plant is recommended for warts in folk remedies. A leaf is cut open and the moist flesh is bound over the wart for a series of days. If the treatment is successful, the wart falls off after prolonged exposure. It is also used as a treatment for nausea, and in Africa it is used to treat epilepsy, corns, diarrhea, and to purge the intestines…. – See more at: Uses of Jade Plant in Folk Medicine.

Origin

Garden origin.

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