Crassula exilis subsp. schmidtii (Regel) G.D.Rowley
Crassula exilis subsp. schmidtii, also known as Crassula schmidtii, is a mat-forming succulent with short stems that bear rosettes of thick fleshy leaves and striking clusters of flowers at the top. The stems are erect or ascending, green or purple, covered with recurved hairs, and up to 3.6 inches (9 cm) long. Leaves are green, triangular in cross-section, and up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) long. Flowers are star-shaped, purplish-pink, up to 0.16 inches (4 mm) across, and appear from late fall to 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 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 cover the dish until they sprout.
Repot as needed, preferably during the warm season. To repot your Crassula, ensure the soil is dry before repotting, then gently remove the pot. Knock away the old soil from the roots, removing any rotted or dead roots. 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.
This subspecies is native to South Africa (Cape Province).
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