Crassula obovata Haw.
Crassula obovata var. obovata, Crassula inchangensis, Crassula peglerae, Crassula perforata, Crassula ramuliflora, Crassula reversisetosa, Crassula sediflora var. laxifoliosa, Crassula stachyera, Purgosea obovata, Purgosea ramuliflora, Sedum ramuliflorum, Turgosea obovata
Crassula obovata is a small Crassula species, similar to Crassula setulosa but differs in having longer petals and branches longer than 8 inches (20 cm). The stems are purplish-red against which the bright green, somewhat succulent leaves gleam. The leaves are small, up to 0.4 inch (1 cm) long and wide, edged in red, or overall red in a hot, dry season. Leaf tips are blunt or can end in a point, are either hairy or hairless. The flower heads are made up of a few short white to cream tubes that open to flat-topped heads that curl back. Flowering occurs from December to June.
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USDA hardiness zone 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °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
Crassula obovata is native to South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal and Cape Provinces).
Subspecies, Varieties, Forms, Cultivars and Hybrids
- Crassula obovata var. dregeana
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- Succulentopedia: Browse succulents by Scientific Name, Common Name, Genus, Family, USDA Hardiness Zone, Origin, or cacti by Genus
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