Crassula nudicaulis L.
Crassula nudicaulis var. nudicaulis, Crassula canescens, Crassula cephalophora, Crassula hirta, Crassula obfalcata, Crassula obvallaris, Crassula obvallata, Crassula platyphylla, Crassula sulcata, Globulea canescens, Globulea nudicaulis, Globulea obvallata, Globulea sulcata
Crassula nudicaulis is a low-growing succulent of variable appearance but generally only up to 5 inches (12.5 cm) tall. The linear-obovate leaves have flattened upper surfaces, rounded undersides, and can be pubescent or hairy. Margins and tips can be reddened and color up more extensively in full sun. The stem is short or none, more or less branched, carnose to slightly woody, hairy or hairless, and with old leaves remaining attached at the base. Flowers are small and greenish and appear in spring and sometimes again in late summer.
USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °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.
Varieties and Cultivars
- Crassula nudicaulis var. herrei
- Crassula nudicaulis var. platyphylla
- Crassula nudicaulis var. platyphylla 'Burgundy'
- Crassula nudicaulis 'Devil's Horns'
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