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.
Generally not harvested.
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.
Attracts useful insects
Bees are attracted to the flowers.
Can be grown indoors, provide bright indirect light.
Can go for extended periods without water.
Can be grown in containers in a free draining, course potting medium.
Temperate and semi-arid climates
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Soil PH preference
Grow in rockeries or dry flower beds for early summer colour.
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.
Plant with other succulent plants.