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Crassula tecta (Lizard Skin Crassula)

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Scientific Name

Crassula tecta Thunb.

Common Names

Lizard Skin Crassula, Lizard Skin

Synonyms

Crassula decipiens

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Crassuloideae 
Genus: Crassula

Description

Crassula tecta is a perennial succulent, branching from the base, forming a dense rosette of highly succulent leaves, up to 2 inches (5 cm) tall, up to 6 inches (15 cm) when flowering. The leaves are opposite, oblong to oblong-lanceolate, rounded, and covered with densely, hard, white-tipped papillae, grey-green in color, up to 1.4 inches (3.5 cm) long and up to 0.6 inch (1.5 cm) broad. The flowers are tiny, white, 5-petalled cups. Each petal is up to 0.16 inch (4 mm) long and recurved at the tip, and the anthers are yellow.

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °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… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Crassula

Origin

Native to South Africa (Cape Province).

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