Red Crassula

Crassula perfoliata

Propeller Plant, Airplane Plant, Scarlet Paintbrush, Keiserskroon, Sekelblaarplakkie (Afr.)

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Beautiful red flower surprises above succulent grey-green leaves. A hardy, water-wise plants that grows easily in pots and well-draining soils outside. This species is a succulent, evergreen shrub endemic to South Africas Cape of Good Hope. However,​ please note Crassula species are toxic to cats and dogs.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer

Harvesting

Generally not harvested.

Propagation

Cuttings

Crassula species can be easily propagated from leaves, simply remove cleanly from the mother plant, let callus for a few days until the wound has closed and place on soil or in water and wait for roots to develop. Roots usually grow first to seek out water, followed by new leaves. This may take anywhere from a week to a few months and there is no need to water propagating succulents as they will glean all the nutrition and moisture they require from their mother leaf, which will shrivel up over time. The original leaf may be gently removed once it has dried up and become crispy in texture, only remove if it comes away easily otherwise you risk damaging the baby plant.

Special features

Attracts useful insects

Bees are attracted to the flowers.

Indoor plant

Can be grown indoors, provide bright indirect light.

Drought resistant

Can go for extended periods without water.

Pot plant

Can be grown in containers in a free draining, course potting medium.

Special features

Origin

Africa

Natural climate

Temperate and semi-arid climates

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Ornamental

Grow in rockeries or dry flower beds for early summer colour.

Personality

Family

Crassulaceae

Flower colour

Red

Scent

Mild

Problems

Crassula are susceptible to mealy bugs and fungal diseases. As with all succulents, over-watering is sure to be fatal, so err on the side of too dry rather than too wet.

Companion plants

Plant with other succulent plants.
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