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 is a succulent plant that grows to 2 feet (60 cm) tall with gray-green 4 inch (10 cm) long and 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.
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 Crassula 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.
Crassula 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 succulent or cacti mix, 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…. – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Crassula.
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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