Striped Fragile Crassula

Crassula expansa ssp. fragilis

Striped Crassula, Strepies Crassula (Afr.)

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The Fragile Crassula is an enjoyable and pretty green spreading succulent, with small oval leaves and colors either green or purple. It is easy to grow and does not need a lot of attention. An ornamental ground-cover, it is often used in rockeries and pots, grown for its beauty, its ability to grow where other plants struggle to, and it is edible.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer, Autumn, Spring

Fruiting time

Summer, Autumn, Spring

Harvesting

To harvest leaves, detach a leaf from an established plant by pulling or bending. Eat the roots fresh.

Propagation

Cuttings

Take leaf cuttings in spring and summer. Detach a leaf from an established plant, and leave it to dry for a day. Insert the broken end of the leaf into a mix of moist peat and sand.

Layering

Remove stems with new roots from the motherplant and replant.

Special features

Pot plant

Great pot plant, given sufficient drainage holes.

Drought resistant

Very drought tolerant, suitable for xeriscaping.

Attracts useful insects

Many insects including the honeybee and butterflies.

Indoor plant

Can be kept indoors in a container, given sufficient sunlight.

Special features

Origin

South Africa

Natural climate

Temperate

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Edible

The Khoi-people eat the roots.

Personality

Family

Crassulaceae

Flower colour

White, Cream

Scent

None

Problems

Pests include mealybugs and scale. Generally disease free.
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