Crassula rogersii Schönland
Globulea rogersii, Sedum canescens var. caulescens
This species is native to South Africa. It grows in dry river valleys in thickets in Eastern Cape.
Crassula rogersii is a small, usually much-branched succulent shrub with erect to decumbent branches and fleshy club-shaped leaves. It grows up to 12 inches (30 cm) tall. The stems are green and fleshy, becoming reddish-brown with age. Leaves are densely covered with short white hairs giving them a velvety texture. They remain green in shady spots but are at their best with plenty of sunlight, where they become tipped with red.
Flowers are pale yellow, tubular to almost cylindrical, and held in small clusters at the end of thin, up to 8 inches (20 cm) long stalks in summer.
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 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 with 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 cover the dish until they sprout.
Repot as needed, preferably during the warm season. To repot your Crassula, ensure the soil is dry before repotting, then gently remove the pot. Knock away the old soil from the roots, removing any rotted or dead roots. Treat any cuts with a fungicide. Place the plant in its new pot and backfill it with potting soil, spreading the roots 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.
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