Sinocrassula yunnanensis (Franch.) A. Berger
Crassula yunnanensis, Rhodiola forrestii, Rhodiola papillocarpa, Rhodiola rotundifolia, Rhodiola sinica, Rhodiola yunnanensis, Sedum henryi, Sedum indicum var. yunnanense, Sedum indicum var. yunnanensis, Sedum mengtzeanum, Sedum pyramidatum, Sedum pyramidatum, Sedum sinicum, Sedum valerianoides, Sedum yunnanense
Sinocrassula yunnanensis is a small succulent that forms rosettes of dark bluish-green leaves with dense purple mottling, turning black in full sun. It can eventually develop into a dense, up to 4 inches (10 cm) tall clump. The rosettes are up to 1.4 inches (3.5 cm) in diameter. Leaves are half-round, flattened on the upper surface, with short white hairs, and end in a sharp tip. The plant is monocarpic, which means that each rosette blooms only once then dies replaced by the close ones. The rosettes lengthen in a richly branched, up to 4 inches (10 cm) long inflorescence at flowering time. The flowers are small, white, and appear in fall and early winter.
USDA hardiness zones 7a to 11b: from 0 °F (−17.8 °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 cover 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.
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