Crassula pseudohemisphaerica Friedrich
Crassula pseudohemisphaerica is a small, sparingly branched succulent that grows up to 8 inches (20 cm) tall when flowering. Slightly obtusely pointed at their tips, the leaves are pressed to the ground in a compact, low-growing rosette. The leaf margins are adorned with tiny creamy hairs. Maroon to purple spots are scattered upon the leaf surfaces. From each of the rosettes, an erect flower stem produces small yellowish flowers in a thyrse-shaped inflorescence. A few small, opposite leaves are spaced along the lower part of the flower stem.
USDA hardiness zones 11a to 11b: from 40 °F (+4.4 °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. See more at How to Grow and Care for Crassula.
Crassula lactea is native to South Africa (from Namaqualand across the Karoo and Little Karoo to the Eastern Cape in the Kouga Mountains).
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