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Crassula capensis (Cape Snowdrop)


Scientific Name

Crassula capensis (L.) Baill.

Common Names

Cape Snowdrop


Crassula capensis var. capensis, Crassula globifera, Crassula globiflora, Crassula septas, Crassula septas var. leipoldtii, Septas capensis, Septas capensis var. leipoldtii, Septas globifera, Trientalis capensis, Trientalis heptagyna

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Crassuloideae
Genus: Crassula


This species is native to South Africa (Western Cape).


Crassula capensis is a succulent geophyte with erect stems that grow from ball-shaped tubers with fibrous roots. It grows up to 8 inches (20 cm) tall. It has 2 to 4 pairs of leaves developed before or during flowering. The leaves are green, glabrous, elliptic with scalloped edges, up to 3.2 inches (8 cm) long, and up to 2.4 inches (6 cm) wide. They have up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) long petioles. Flowers are white, often tinged pink, star-shaped, and up to 0.8 inches (2 cm) in diameter. They appear from winter to spring in clusters on up to 5.2 inches (13 cm) long stalks raised above the leaves.

The specific epithet "capensis" means " form the Cape" and refers to the native range of the species.

Crassula capensis (Cape Snowdrop)

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How to Grow and Care for Crassula capensis

Light: Crassula plants prefer full sun to partial shade. However, intense afternoon sun in the hottest period of summer can burn the leaves of the plants. Most Crassulas can be grown indoors if given enough light.

Soil: They are not particular about soil pH, but Crassulas require very porous soil with excellent drainage.

Hardiness: Crassula capensis can withstand temperatures as low as 20 to 50 °F (-6.7 to 10 °C), USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b.

Watering: These plants have typical watering needs for succulents. Avoid overwatering by using the "soak and dry" method, where the soil is soaked with water, slowly drained and left to dry out before watering again. Reduce watering in winter.

Fertilizing: Crassulas will benefit from a small amount of organic fertilizer in mid-spring when they start actively growing.

Repotting: Repot as needed, preferably in spring, at the beginning of a period of active growth.

Propagation: Crassulas are generally started by leaves or stem cuttings. They can also be grown from seeds and offsets.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Crassula.

Toxicity of Crassula capensis

Crassula plants are generally nontoxic to people and pets.


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