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Crassula ovata (Jade Plant)

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Scientific Name

Crassula ovata (Miller) Druce

Common Names

Jade Plant, Jade Tree, Money Tree, Money Plant, Friendship Tree, Lucky Plant, Dollar Plant, Pink Joy, Japanese Rubber, Chinese Rubber, Dwarf Rubber

Synonyms

Crassula argentea, Crassula portulacea, Crassula obliqua, Crassula articulata, Crassula nitida, Crassula lucens, Cotyledon ovata, Cotyledon lutea, Toelkenia ovata

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Crassuloideae
Genus: Crassula

Description

Crassula ovata is a large, well-branched, compact, rounded, evergreen shrub up to 6 feet (1.8 m) tall. It has glossy, dark grey-green, succulent leaves and rounded heads of white to pink star-shaped flowers that appear in early spring. The branches are succulent, grey-green in color and in older specimens the bark peels in horizontal brownish strips. The leaves are up to 2 inches (5 cm) long and up to 1.5 inches (3.8 cm) wide, egg-shaped to elliptic and often with a red margin and a somewhat pointed end. They are in opposite pairs.

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 9b to 11a: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 45 °F (+7.2 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Easy to grow in container, best in full sun but will tolerate part sun. It need well-drained soil with a neutral pH. Water regularly form spring to autumn and allow soil to dry out before watering again. During the winter months, water only enough to keep the leaves from shriveling. Most common reason for failure is overwatering. Propagating is achieved with leaf or stem cuttings which are placed into a soil mix, then wait until they show some growth… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Jade Plant (Crassula ovata)

Uses

Jade Plant is a popular good luck charm in Asia thought to activate financial energies. This beautiful succulent has vibrant green leaves symbolic of growth and renewal, closely resembling jade coins, symbolic of wealth and prosperity. It is a traditional gift for businesses and many business owners place a Jade Plant near the entrance of their restaurants or shops, or in a southeast location to bring prosperity and success… – See more at: Jade Plant for Good Luck, Prosperity and Friendship

This plant is recommended for warts in folk remedies. A leaf is cut open and the moist flesh is bound over the wart for a series of days. If the treatment is successful, the wart falls off after prolonged exposure. It is also used as a treatment for nausea, and in Africa it is used to treat epilepsy, corns, diarrhea, and to purge the intestines…. – See more at: Uses of Jade Plant in Folk Medicine

Origin

Crassula ovata is native to South Africa and Mozambique.

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