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Crassula pellucida subsp. marginalis 'Variegata' (Calico Kitten)


Scientific Name

Crassula pellucida subsp. marginalis 'Variegata'

Accepted Scientific Name

Crassula pellucida subsp. marginalis (Dryand.) Toelken

Common Names

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

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Crassuloideae
Genus: Crassula


Crassula pellucida subsp. marginalis 'Variegata' is a low-growing succulent with branched, prostrate or scrambling stems and small, fleshy, heart-shaped, red, green, and pale yellow variegated leaves. It grows up to 6 inches (15 cm) tall. Flowers are white or near white and appear in late spring to early summer.

Crassula pellucida subsp. marginalis 'Variegata' (Calico Kitten)

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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 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.


Crassula pellucida subsp. marginalis 'Variegata' is a variegated form of Crassula pellucida subsp. marginalis.


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