Crassula barklyi N.E.Br.
Rattlesnake Buttons, Rattlesnake Crassula, Rattlesnake Tail, Bandaged Finger
Crassula teres, Tetraphyle barklyi
The native range of this species is from near Port Nolloth to near Van Rhynsdorp in the southwestern parts of the Northern Cape province of South Africa. It occurs on gentle slopes, usually covered with quartzite gravel, rarely associated with larger rocks or rock outcrops.
Crassula barklyi is a dwarf compact succulent with erect or rarely decumbent branches covered by overlapping leaves forming a short, almost cylindrical column. It slowly grows up to 4 inches (10 cm) tall, branching around the base or lower parts of stems. The younger branches are almost spherical and look like grey-green rosebuds. Leaves are green to brownish-green with white membranous, densely ciliate margins. They are thick, fleshy, saucer-like, up to 0.2 inches (0.5 cm) long, and up to 0.6 inches (1.5 cm) wide. Flowers are tiny, stemless, cream-colored, and appear in dense rounded terminal clusters embedded among leaves in winter.
USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Crassulas are easy to grow but 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 plant sit in water. If you water from beneath by letting the plant sit in a saucer of water, ensure to pour off any excess water after a few minutes.
These succulents are generally started by division, offsets, or leaf cuttings. Crassulas can be easily propagated from a single leaf. Sprout leaves by placing them into a potting mix for succulents, then cover the dish until they sprout.
Repot as needed, preferably during the warm season. To repot your Crassula, ensure the soil is dry before repotting, then gently remove the pot. Knock away the old soil from the roots, removing any rotted or dead roots. Treat any cuts with a fungicide. Place the plant in its new pot and backfill it with potting soil, spreading the roots as you repot. Leave the plant dry for a week or so, then begin to water lightly to reduce the risk of root rot.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Crassula.
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