Crassula muscosa f. variegata
Accepted Scientific Name
Crassula muscosa L.
Clubmoss Crassula, Lizard's Tail, Princess Pine, Rattail Crassula, Toy Cypress, Watch Chain, Watch Chain Plant, Zipper Plant
Crassula muscosa var. variegata, Crassula muscosa 'Variegata', Crassula lycopodioides var. variegata, Combesia muscosa var. variegata
Crassula muscosa f. variegata is a small succulent plant with tiny, light green and cream-colored leaves densely packed around the thin stem, forming a square mass. It grows as an intricate bush, reaching up to 12 inches (30 cm) in height.
The tiny flowers are cup-shaped, pale yellowish-green to brown, and appear in summer.
USDA hardiness zone 9a to 10b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 40 °F (+4.4 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Plant in well-drained soil in part or full coastal sun to light shade or indoors. If planting indoors, place in a room with a lot of sunlight, such as near a southern-facing window. The best color maintained with a bit of shade even on the coast.
Watch Chain has typical watering needs for a succulent. It's best to use the "soak and dry" method and allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings.
Since the Watch Chain is not cold-hardy, it should be brought indoors when the temperature falls below 20°F (-6.7°C).
The plants should be feed with a controlled-release fertilizer during the growing season. They can be feed weekly with a weak liquid solution.
In summer, it needs a lot more water, and it should not be exposed to full sun, as it only values brightness but would suffer under excessive sunlight. When these conditions are not met, the plant begins to dry and stiffen, generally starting from the base of the stem up to the tips.
Crassula muscosa var. variegata is variegated form of Crassula muscosa.
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