Crassula vaginata Eckl. & Zeyh.
Crassula vaginata subsp. vaginata, Crassula crassiflora, Crassula drakensbergensis, Crassula mannii, Crassula retrorsa, Crassula schweinfurthii, Crassula spectabilis, Sedum crassiflorum, Sedum vaginatum
Crassula vaginata is a rosulate succulent that grows up to 36 inches (90 cm), including inflorescence, usually solitary or proliferating from the base to form small clumps. Stems are erect, sprout annually from a fleshy to woody rootstock, dying back after flowering. Leaves are green to yellowish-green, lance-shaped, hairy or smooth, and with white papillose cilia at the margins. Flowers are star-shaped, 5-merous, and appear in early summer arranged in flat-topped thyrse. They are yellow but may also be cream, white, or pink. Stem leaves grade down in size to the top.
USDA hardiness zone 8a to 11b: from 10 °F (−12.2 °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 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.
This species is native to South Africa.
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