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Crassula capitella (Campfire Plant)


Scientific Name

Crassula capitella Thunb.

Common Names

Campfire Plant, Saint Andrew's Cross, Red Flames


Crassula albanensis, Crassula capitellata, Crassula impressa, Crassula paniculata, Crassula rufopunctata, Crassula spicata, Crassula subbifera, Globulea impressa, Globulea paniculata, Purgosea capitellata, Purgosea spicata, Turgosea capitella

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Crassuloideae
Genus: Crassula


Crassula capitella is a branched succulent with fleshy, propeller-like leaves that mature from bright lime green to bright red. It grows prostrate, forming mats up to 6 inches (15 cm) tall and up to 3.3 feet (1 m) wide. Flowers are white, cream, or sometimes tinged pink and appear in clusters.

Crassula capitella (Campfire Plant)

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USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Crassulas are easy to grow, but they are susceptible to mealybugs 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, make sure 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 covering the dish until they sprout.

Repot as needed, preferably during the warm season. To repot your Crassula, 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.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Crassula.


Crassula capitella is native to south tropical Africa (Mozambique, Zimbabwe) and southern Africa (Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa).

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