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Crassula alata (Three-part Crassula)

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Scientific Name

Crassula alata (Viv.) Berger

Common Name(s)

Three-part Crassula

Synonym(s)

Crassula alata subsp. alata, Crassula alata var. trichopoda, Crassula tripartita, Sedum confertum, Tillaea alata, Tillaea muscosa var. trichopoda, Tillaea trichopoda, Tillaea trichopoda

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Crassuloideae
Genus: Crassula

Origin

This species is native to the eastern Mediterranean region, now also found in Australia and New Zealand. It grows in shallow soil or crevices in masonry.

Description

Crassula alata is a small annual succulent with slender, simple or branched, usually erect stems that grow up to 4.8 inches (12 cm) tall. Leaves are green to reddish-brown, lance-shaped with apex extended into a whitish bristle. They are about 0.3 inches (0.7 cm) long and 0.1 inches (0.2 cm) wide. Flowers are 3- or 5-merous, white, and appear in spring in dense clusters in the leaf axil.

Etymology

The specific epithet "alata (a-LAY-tuh)" is the feminine form of the Latin adjective "alatus," meaning "having wings" or "winged," and refers to the winged stems.

How to Grow and Care for Crassula alata

This plant has an annual growth habit, growing and flowering then seeding and dying in one season.

In the wild, C. alata grows in shallow soil or crevices in masonry. In Australia and New Zealand, it is commonly found in lawns, paths, pavements, tennis courts, roadsides, and parking lots.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Crassula.

Toxicity of Crassula alata

C. alata is nontoxic to people and pets.

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