Crassula capitella ssp. thyrsiflora
Pagoda Village, Shark's Tooth
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The Red Pagoda is a branching perennial succulent that at first appears as pink tinged rosettes and then later the leaves become pagoda shaped and turn red. The thick, spirally-arranged leaves are bordered with bright pink, red or sometimes orange. Each new rosette grows above an older rosette. New leaves are mostly green and small but increase in size and colour as they descend the plant’s stem. The plant is also called shark’s tooth due to the triangular serrated pads.
Deteriorates after flowering which is a good time to prune and replant.
Take about 5-10cm long cuttings andremove bottom leaves. lay on top of sandy soil mix and soon roots will form to grow into the soil!
Surface sow seeds in Summer; spacing 22-30 cm apart; Germination time is 30-90 days
Divide a pot into 2 and repot.
Once established need little water to grow.
It is also a wonderful container plant, provide good drainage.
Drier parts of Soutern Africa
Mediterranean and Semi-arid
Soil PH preference
Excellent ornamental plant which is highly recommended for adding permanent colour in the garden. It can be used for edging, as filler, and it is also suitable for coastal gardens, and sunny rockeries. It is recommended as a water-wise plant. It is also a wonderful container plant.
Generally problem free.
Plant with other succulents species.