String Of Buttons

Crassula perforata

Necklace Vine, Pagoda Plant, Stacked Crassula

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Crassula perforata is a fast-growing, sprawling perennial shrub that produces succulent leaves in a stacked arrangement. Leaves are grey-green and triangular in shape, these are oppositely arranged and spiral round stems closely, creating a stacked look. In strong sunlight, leaves may take on an attractive pink-red colouration to the edges. The longer the stems, the more pendent they become, making them a popular choice for growing in containers and hanging baskets. Commonly known as string of buttons, this attractive succulent is a commonly grown houseplant, it does well in bright sunlight, but can cope with partial shade. As with all succulents, over-watering is the commonest route to plant death, so err on the side of too dry rather than too wet and allow the soil to dry out thoroughly between waterings.

Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Spring

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Generally not harvested.

Propagation

Special features

Attractive leaves

Indoor plant

Drought resistant

Drought resistant species can survive for long periods without water.

Pot plant

Special features

Origin

S. Africa (Cape and Natal)

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Chalk, Loam, Gravel, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral, Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Notes

This plant is ideal for rock gardens and to use as groundcover as it will spread forming colonies.

Personality

Family

Crassulaceae

Flower colour

Yellow

Scent

None

Problems

Can be attacked by mealybugs, aphids and vine weevil.

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