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Crassula alba


Scientific Name

Crassula alba Forssk.


Crassula alba var. alba, Crassula abyssinica, Crassula milleriana, Crassula puberula, Crassula recurva, Crassula rubicunda, Crassula stewartiae

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Crassuloideae 
Genus: Crassula


Crassula alba is a rosette-forming succulent, up to 20 inches (50 cm) tall (including inflorescences). The plant freely offsets from the base. Leaves are up to 7 inches (17.5 cm ) long, up to 0.6 inches (1.5 cm) wide, spirally arranged, flattened, lanceolate to linear-lanceolate, and green to yellowish-green. If you give the plant sun, purple spots appear on the leaves. Flowers are white, pink, or red, have a strong smell of honey, and appear in summer in groups forming a flat inflorescence. The first description in 1775 was for a white-flowered plant, hence the name. Only later were red and pink-flowered plants found.

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How to Grow and Care

Crassulas 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.

Crassulas 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. Leave the plant dry for a week or so, then begin to water lightly to reduce the risk of root rot. See more at How to Grow and Care for Crassula.


Native to South Africa and Swaziland.



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