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Crassula deceptor


Scientific Name

Crassula deceptor  Schönland & Baker f.


Crassula arta, Crassula deceptrix

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Crassuloideae 
Genus: Crassula


Crassula deceptor is a dwarf, columnar succulent, usually solitary or occasionally branched with stem up to 6 inches (15 cm) tall. The ovate-triangular, grey-green leaves covered with a light, white powdery surface are up to 0.8 inch (2 cm) long and tightly packed together in overlapping pairs along a stem. The flowers are very small, pinkish-scented and produced on a few-branched, loose cyme.

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USDA hardiness zone 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

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


Native to Namibia and South Africa (Northern Cape).

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