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Lizard tail

Crassula muscosa

Watch chain plant, Clubmoss crassula, Princess pine, Rattail crassula (Eng.)

Crassula muscosa is a small perennial succulent. It grows as a dense spreading bush, with branches covered in small leaves arranged densely, giving the appearance of scaly tails. Tiny, non-showy but strongly scented yellow-green blooms develop from between the small leaves. In small quantities, the scent may be considered pleasantly musky, but it is a powerful smell and in higher doses can be quite unpleasant. It can be grown in rockeries in the garden or in pots.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring

Harvesting

Generally not harvested

Propagation

Cuttings
Root stem cuttings in spring or summer in a course, sandy cactus mix.
Notes
The genus Crassula are generally started by division, offsets or leaf cuttings. They 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.

Special features

Drought resistant
Can go for extended periods without water.
Pot plant
Can be grown in pots in a sunny position in free draining course, sandy potting mix.
Indoor plant
Lizard tails can be grown indoors, provide bright light condition, can handle some direct morning sun.

Geography

Origin
Africa, South Africa, Karoo region, Namaqualand and southern Namibia.
Natural climate
Semi-arid

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Loam, Sand, Gravel
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Notes
Grow in garden rockeries or in pot indoors or outdoors.

Personality

Family
Crassulaceae
Flower colour
Yellow-green, Green, Yellow
Scent
Strong

Problems

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.

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