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Crassula dejecta (Doily Crassula)

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Scientific Name

Crassula dejecta Jacq.

Common Names

Doily Crassula

Synonyms

Crassula alba, Crassula albiflora, Crassula microsquamata, Crassula undulata, Curtogyne albiflora, Curtogyne dejecta, Curtogyne undata, Curtogyne undosa, Curtogyne undulata, Rochea albiflora, Rochea dejecta, Rochea undulata

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Crassuloideae
Genus: Crassula

Description

Crassula dejecta, also known as Crassula undulata, is a neat, densely branched, upright, perennial shrublet up to 16 inches (40 cm) tall. The leaves are slightly fleshy, green, often tinged red, with a row of rounded, bead-like hairs on the margins that give the leaves a silvery edge. There are also small, downward-pointing hairs on the young branches that give the stems a silvery dusting. The leaves are opposite, more or less the same length on the whole plant and arranged densely in neat rows up the stems, giving a tidy, geometric effect. The flowers are white, sometimes tinged pink, with red sepals, red ovaries that color the center of the open flowers red and red anthers that age to brown. They are carried in flat to round-topped, tight clusters at the ends of the branches during midsummer. The flowers develop into small capsules, each holding many tiny seeds.

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °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.

Origin

Crassula dejecta is native to South Africa.

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