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Crassula exilis subsp. schmidtii (Fairy Tongue)

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Scientific Name

Crassula exilis subsp. schmidtii (Regel) G.D.Rowley

Common Names

Fairy Tongue

Synonyms

Crassula schmidtii

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Crassuloideae
Genus: Crassula

Description

Crassula exilis subsp. schmidtii is a mat-forming succulent with erect hairy stems that bear rosettes of fleshy, green leaves and striking flower clusters at the top. It grows up to 8 inches (20 cm) tall and up to 12 inches (30 cm) in diameter. Leaves are triangular in cross-section and up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) long. Flowers are star-shaped, purplish pink, up to 0.16 inch (4 mm) across, and appear in late fall and winter.

Hardiness

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 mealybugs 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 exilis subsp. schmidtii is native to South Africa (Cape Province).

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