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Crassula congesta

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Scientific Name

Crassula congesta N.E.Br.

Synonyms

Crassula congesta subsp. congesta, Crassula pachyphylla

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Crassuloideae 
Genus: Crassula

Description

Crassula congesta is a dwarf monocarpic biennial succulent, meaning that it usually lives for only two years in the wild and dies after flowering. It usually grows up to 4 inches (10 cm) in height but sometimes taller in shadier spots and always has only a single stem. The highly succulent leaves are up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) long, tightly packed in the shape of an X around the stem. The inflorescence consists of a capitulum (a head-like inflorescence), densely packed with sweet-smelling tubular creamy white flowers, up to 0.4 inch (1 cm) long and flaring towards the opening.

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. 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. 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.

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

Origin

Native to South Africa (Western Cape).

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