Crassula perfoliata var. minor (Haw.) G.D.Rowley
Airplane Plant, Propeller Plant, Red Crassula, Scarlet Paintbrush
Crassula falcata, Crassula perfoliata var. falcata, Crassula perfoliata subsp. falcata, Rochea falcata
Crassula perfoliata var. minor, formerly know as Crassula falcata, is a succulent plant that grows up to 2 feet (60 cm) tall, with gray-green, up to 4 inches (10 cm) long and up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) wide, sickle-shaped leaves that are arranged in overlapping pairs along a usually unbranched stem. Tiny scarlet red flowers are massed together in very showy, dense clusters that rise above foliage in mid summer. The flowers open slowly and last for nearly a month when in full bloom. Attractive and interesting when not in bloom but a show stopper when the bright red flowers emerge.
USDA hardiness zone 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °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 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.
This succulents 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 potting mix for succulents, 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
Crassula perfoliata var. minor is native to South Africa, from the Cape of Good Hope.
Cultivars and Hybrids
- Crassula ‘Bride’s Bouquet’
- Crassula ‘Jade Necklace’
- Crassula ‘Jade Tower’
- Crassula ‘Justus Corderoy’
- Back to genus Crassula
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