Crassula pellucida subsp. marginalis 'Variegata'
Accepted Scientific Name
Crassula pellucida subsp. marginalis (Dryand.) Toelken
Calico Kitten, Calico Kitten Crassula
Crassula 'Calico Kitten', Crassula 'Isabella', Crassula pellucida subsp. marginalis 'Isabella', Crassula pellucida subsp. marginalis f. rubra variegata, Crassula marginalis f. rubra variegata
Crassula pellucida subsp. marginalis 'Variegata' is a low-growing succulent with slender, fragile, branched, prostrate or scrambling stems that bear alternate pairs of thick fleshy heart-shaped variegated leaves. It grows up to 6 inches (15 cm) tall. The leaves are grey-green with creamy-white and yellow streaks and suffused with bright pink and red with increased sun exposure. Flowers are white or near white and usually appear in late spring to early summer and intermittently throughout the year.
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, ensure 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 cover 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 and 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.
This succulent is a form of Crassula pellucida subsp. marginalis selected for its variegated foliage.
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