Crassula saxifraga Harv.
Septas globifera, Septas saxifraga
Crassula saxifraga is a succulent plant with erect, unbranched stems arising from 1 to several tubers. It grows up to 6 inches (15 cm) tall. Leaves are flattened, up to 2 inches (5 cm) long, up to 4.8 inches (12 cm) wide. They are slightly fleshy, green, rarely purplish below, and emerge at flowering time. White or pink flowers appear in a cluster at the end of an up to 6 inches (15 cm) long stalk from fall to mid-winter.
USDA hardiness zone 10b to 11b: from 35 °F (+1.7 °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 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.
Crassulas 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.
This species is widespread from the Richtersveld to the Eastern Cape, South Africa, growing in rock crevices and stony slopes.
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