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Crassula tomentosa (Woolly Crassula)


Scientific Name

Crassula tomentosa Thunb.

Common Names

Woolly Crassula


Crassula tomentosa var. tomentosa, Crassula conspicua, Crassula linguifolia, Crassula setigera, Purgosea tomentosa, Sphaeritis setigera, Sphaeritis tomentosa, Turgosea tomentosa

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Crassuloideae 
Genus: Crassula


Crassula tomentosa is a perennial or biennial plant up to 2 feet (60 cm) tall when flowering. It grows slowly and in one to few, compact rosettes of grayish green leaves with tiny white hairs at the rims. The leaves are variable in shape, up to 4 inches (10 cm) long and up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) wide. In early to mid-summer it produces white to yellowish flowers on erect, robust, tapering upwards, up to 2 feet (60 cm) tall flower stem.

Crassula tomentosa (Woolly Crassula)

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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. 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


Native to southern Namibia and South Africa.

Subspecies, Varieties, Forms, Cultivars and Hybrids


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