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Crassula vaginata (Yellow Crassula)

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Scientific Name

Crassula vaginata Eckl. & Zeyh.

Common Names

Yellow Crassula

Synonyms

Crassula vaginata subsp. vaginata, Crassula crassiflora, Crassula drakensbergensis, Crassula mannii, Crassula retrorsa, Crassula schweinfurthii, Crassula spectabilis, Sedum crassiflorum, Sedum vaginatum

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Crassuloideae
Genus: Crassula

Description

Crassula vaginata is an erect, little-branched succulent up to 32 inches (80 cm) tall, sometimes forming clumps, with a flat-topped, yellow inflorescence. It sprouts annually from a woody rootstock. Flowers appear in early summer as a flat-topped thyrse. They are yellow, but may also be cream, white, red or pink. Stem leaves grade down in size to the top. They are linear to lanceolate in shape and hairy or smooth, but with club-shaped hair fringes along the margins.

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Hardiness

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 plant 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.

These succulents are generally started by division, offsets or leaf cuttings. Crassulas can be easily propagated from a single leaf. Sprout leaves by placing them into a potting mix for succulents, then covering the dish until they sprout.

Repot as needed, preferably during the warm season. To repot your Crassula, 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

Origin

Crassula vaginata is native to South Africa.

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