Crassula elegans Schönland & Baker f.
Crassula elegans subsp. elegans, Crassula corpusculariopsis, Crassula densa, Crassula dinteri, Crassula globosa, Crassula humilis, Crassula mesembrianthoides, Crassula schoenlandii
Crassula elegans is a dwarf sprawling succulent that grows up to 3.2 inches (8 cm) tall, usually with short stems and much-branched. Leaves are ovate to lanceolate, broadly triangular in section, intense green, often with brownish-red to ruby red tips in full sun, up to 0.6 inches (1.5 cm) long and up to 0.3 inches (0.8 cm) wide. They are threaded along a wiry stem and closely packed so that internodes are rarely visible between them. The small flowers are white, cream-colored, or yellowish, often fading to brown, lightly scented, and appear from late summer to fall or winter.
USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °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.
Subspecies and Hybrids
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