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Red Crassula

Crassula perfoliata

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

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.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer

Harvesting

Generally not harvested.

Propagation

Cuttings
Allow cutting to dry and callus before replanting in a well-draining mixture.
Notes
The genus Crassula are generally started by division, offsets or leaf cuttings. They 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.

Geography

Origin
Africa
Natural climate
Temperate and semi-arid climates

Environment

Light
Full Sun, 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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