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Crassula elegans – Elegant Crassula

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Scientific Name

Crassula elegans Schönland & Baker f.

Common Names

Elegant Crassula

Synonyms

Crassula elegans subsp. elegans, Crassula corpusculariopsis, Crassula densa, Crassula dinteri, Crassula globosa, Crassula humilis, Crassula mesembrianthoides, Crassula schoenlandii

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Crassuloideae 
Genus: Crassula

Description

Crassula elegans is a dwarf, sprawling, perennial, succulent, up to 3.2 inch (8 cm) tall, but usually with short stems and much branched, with old leaves completely shrivelled. Leaves are ovate to lanceolate, up to 0.6 inch (1.5 cm) long and up to 0.3 inch (8 mm) wide, obtuse rarely acute, broadly triangular in section, intense green, often with brownish red to ruby red tips in full sun. Threaded along a wiry stem closely packed so that internodes are rarely visible between them and rarely obviously 4-ranked, glabrous, with fine hairs or with coarse rounded papillae. The small flowers are white, cream or yellowish, often fading to brown, slightly perfumed. The flowers keep going from late-summer to autumn or winter.

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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. Leave the plant dry for a week or so, then begin to water lightly to reduce the risk of root rot… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Crassula.

Origin

Native to South Africa (Bushmanland) and Namibia.

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