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Crassula pellucida subsp. brachypetala

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Scientific Name

Crassula pellucida subsp. brachypetala (Drege ex Harv.) Tölken

Synonyms

Crassula brachypetala (basionym), Bulliarda dregei, Crassula diabolica, Crassula dregei, Crassula elongata, Crassula involucrata, Crassula prostrata, Crassula tysonii, Sedum brachypetalum

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Crassuloideae
Genus: Crassula

Description

Crassula pellucida subsp. brachypetala is small, cute, ground-hugging succulent, ideal for small yards and rock gardens. The leaves can vary from very narrow to broader than long, sessile to petiolate and glabrous to rarely hairy. The flowers are small, star-shaped, white sometimes with pink stripes, appear in spring and sporadically at other times of year.

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °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.

Origin

Crassula pellucida subsp. brachypetala is native to southeast Africa.

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