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Crassula nudicaulis (Naked-stalked Crassula)

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Scientific Name

Crassula nudicaulis L.

Common Names

Naked-stalked Crassula

Synonyms

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

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Crassuloideae 
Genus: Crassula

Description

Crassula nudicaulis is a low-growing, perennial succulent plant of variable appearance but generally only 5 inches (12.5 cm) tall. The linear-obovate leaves have flattened upper surfaces, rounded undersides and may be pubescent or hairy. Margins and tips may be reddened and color up more extensively in full sun. Stem is short or none, more or less branched, carnose to slightly woody, hairy or hairless, with old leaves remaining attached at the base. Flowers are small and greenish in color. It flowers in spring and sometimes again in the latter part of summer.

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °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 South Africa (the Cape Provinces, the Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and the Northern Provinces), and Lesotho.

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