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Crassula capitella subsp. thyrsiflora (Red Pagoda)


Scientific Name

Crassula capitella subsp. thyrsiflora (Thunb.) Toelken

Common Names

Red Pagoda, Pagoda Village, Shark's Tooth Crassula


Crassula thyrsiflora (basionym), Crassula corymbulosa, Crassula rhodogyna

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Crassuloideae
Genus: Crassula


Crassula capitella subsp. thyrsiflora is a branching, perennial succulent. At first it looks like a pink tinged rosette and then later the leaves become pagoda-shaped and turn red. The tiny, white flowers are up to 0.25 inch (0.6 cm) in diameter and appear at the ends of the up to 10 inches (25 cm) long, pagoda chains.

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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 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 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 subsp. thyrsiflora is native to Namibia and South Africa (Eastern Cape, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Northern Cape, Western Cape).

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