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Crassula elegans subsp. namibensis – Elegant Crassula

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Scientific Name

Crassula elegans subsp. namibensis (Friedr.) Toelken

Common Names

Elegant Crassula

Synonyms

Crassula namibensis (basionym), Crassula mesembrianthemoides

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Crassuloideae 
Genus: Crassula

Description

Crassula elegans subsp. namibensis is a form of the very variable Crassula elegans. It is a sprawling, perennial, leaf-succulent, up to 3.2 inches (8 cm) tall, with tough, slightly woody base. The leaves are ovate, broadly triangular in section, closely packed so that internodes are usually not visible, glabrous, covered with papillae, green to brownish red to deep red in full sun, up to 0.6 inch (1.5 cm) long and up to 0.3 inch (8 mm) wide. It produces loose, rounded thyrse at the stem apex with peduncle up to 2.4 inches (6 cm) long, covered with recurved hairs. The flowers are very small, tubular, white, cream, beige or yellowish often fading to brown. The flowers keep going from autumn to winter.

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °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. 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 southern Namibia.

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