Fairy Crassula

Crassula multicava

Pitted Crassula, Feetjie Crassula, Skaduplakkie (Afr.), Umadinsane

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A versatile low growing garden plant that is easy to grow and enjoys shady conditions. Has oval shiny green succulent leaves and petite white to pink star shaped flowers clustered on top of a stalk that extends higher than the leaves. Flowering end of winter and into spring. Multiplies easily and is good in mass planting. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Winter, Spring

Fruiting time

Spring

Propagation

Seed

Sowing shallow in sandy soil during Autumn. The germination time is less than 1 month.

Cuttings

Take a softwood cutting with few nodes, remove the bottom leaves and replant.

Layering

Wherever a stem touches soil, it makes new roots and can be removed from the parent plant to be replanted.

Special features

Pot plant

Attractive leaves

Drought resistant

Indoor plant

Attracts bees

Pioneer

Attractive flowers

Flowers are white to pink, sometimes with maroon stalks

Special features

Origin

South Africa, Northern Cape

Natural climate

Forest margins and stream banks of dry areas

Environment

Light

Full Shade, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Acid, Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Medicinal

In traditional medicine it is used as a protective charm against lightening.

Notes

Easy growing shade plant. Used in traditional medicine.

Personality

Family

Crassulaceae

Flower colour

Pink, White

Scent

None

Problems

Slugs and snails love the succulent leaves!

Related Problems

Companion plants

Portulacaria affra var. prostrata, Plectranthus saccatus var. saccatus, P. ciliatus, Asparagus krausiana, Crassula spathulata, Impatients hochstetteri, Begonia sonderiana, B. dregei and B. sutherlandii

Credits

profile iconCrassula multicava
by Werner Voigt, Kirstenbosch NBG, October 2005 (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)
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