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Crassula coccinea – Red Crassula

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Scientific Name

Crassula coccinea L.

Common Names

Red Crassula, Klipblom

Synonyms

Crassula versicolor, Danielia coccinea, Danielia versicolor, Dietrichia coccinea, Dietrichia versicolor, Rochea coccinea

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Crassuloideae 
Genus: Crassula

Description

Crassula coccinea is a small succulent shrublet up to 16 inches (40 cm) tall, with few stems that branch from the base. As the plants get older the bottom of the stems turn brown and dry with the bright, new leaves at the ends. The succulent leaves are flat, oval shaped and arranged to overlapping each other along the stems. In midsummer the striking flowers are formed in a dense flat-topped head at the tip of the stems. The long tubular flowers are fragrant and brilliant red, especially in sunshine.

How to Grow and Care

Crassula 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.

Crassula 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…. – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Crassula.

Origin

It occurs naturally in the Western Cape (South Africa) where it grows on the quartzitic sandstone mountains on bare rocks or shrubby slopes.

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