Fragile Crassula

Crassula expansa ssp. expansa

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The Crassula expansa is a small, green, succulent shrub with oval leaves and white flowers enjoyed by many in their tropical or rooftop gardens. Easy to grow where few other plants will grow, these plants make valuable ground covers and can also be used for erosion control. Not only an ornamental plant, the Fragile Crassula attracts a variety of insects and wildlife to your garden.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer

Fruiting time

Summer

Harvesting

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

Propagation

Cuttings

Take leaf cuttings and plant this directly into the soil. Handle the cuttings with care as they are brittle and easily break apart.

Layering

Stems touching the soil quickly send roots out. Replant new little plants.

Special features

Drought resistant

Relatively drought tolerant once well-established.

Pot plant

Grows really well in a container, given sufficient drainage holes.

Attracts useful insects

Insects such as honeybees and butterflies.

Indoor plant

Can be kept inside given sufficient sunlight, and drainage.

Special features

Origin

South Africa

Natural climate

Subtropical

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Edible

The khoi eat the roots.

Personality

Family

Crassulaceae

Flower colour

White

Scent

None

Problems

Pests include mealybugs, snout weevil and aphid. Diseases include rust and black or brown rot.

Related Problems

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Knowledge and advice

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