Crassula congesta N.E.Br.
Crassula congesta subsp. congesta, Crassula pachyphylla
This species is native to South Africa. It is restricted to Western Cape from Touwsrivier to Laingsburg and Little Karoo, growing on gravelly flats and gentle slopes on hot northern slopes.
Crassula congesta is a small monocarpic succulent with an erect stem and usually 4 to 5 pairs of leaves. It grows up to 8 inches (20 cm) tall, usually does not brunch, and dies after flowering. Leaves are grey to brown-green and develop a light wax coating when grown in bright light. They are more or less round in cross-section, curved upwards, blunt-tipped, up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) long, and up to 0.5 inches (1.3 cm) wide. In late fall, the plant produces large rounded heads of hundreds of white, sweetly scented, up to 0.4 inches (1 cm) long flowers.
The specific epithet "congesta (kon-JES-tuh)" is the feminine form of "congestus," perfect passive participle of the Latin verb "congero," meaning "collected, accumulated" to "compiled" and refers to the very densely crowded head of flowers.
How to Grow and Care for Crassula congesta
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 congesta can withstand temperatures as low as 30 to 50 °F (-1.1 to 10 °C), USDA hardiness zones 10a 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 congesta
Crassula plants are generally nontoxic to people and pets.
Subspecies of Crassula congesta
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