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Crassula sarcocaulis subsp. rupicola (Bonsai Crassula)


Scientific Name

Crassula sarcocaulis subsp. rupicola Toelken

Common Names

Bonsai Crassula, Bonsai Jade


Creusa sarcocaulis subsp. rupicola, Sedum caffrum

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Crassuloideae 
Genus: Crassula


Crassula sarcocaulis subsp. rupicola is a low growing shrub, up to 2 feet (60 cm) tall. It is upright and spreading and much branched then Crassula sarcocaulis, forming dense shrubs with main branches up to 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter. The leaves are linear to lance-shaped and broadest towards the base and up to 0.4 inch (2 cm) long. It flowers in late summer to fall.

Crassula sarcocaulis subsp. rupicola (Bonsai Crassula)

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USDA hardiness zone 8a to 11b: from 10 °F (−12.2 °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 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. 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


It is mainly found in the Drakensberg Mountains in Mpumalanga, Free State, Lesotho, KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape, as well as in Malawi.


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