s Scientific Name
Crassula umbella Jacq.
Crassula flabellifolia, Crassula loriformis, Crassula weissii, Septas umbella, Petrogeton umbella
Crassula umbella is a succulent plant with erect, unbranched stems up to 6 inches (15 cm) tall. The leaves are in pairs, transversely depressed-obovate or more or less fused into a roundish umbrella-like structure around the stem, margin entire to crenate, surface glabrous, usually yellowish-green. The inflorescence is a terminal elongate thyrse, rarely subumbellate, peduncle up to 4 inches (10 cm). The flowers appear in winter to spring and are yellowish-green, up to 0.4 inches (1 cm) in diameter.
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. See more at How to Grow and Care for Crassula.
Native to South Africa (Northern Cape, Western Cape).
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