This interesting group of succu- lents, mostly from South Africa, includes many plants with unusual geometric forms. Excellent drainage is a must be careful not to overwater. Most prefer full sun, but a few tolerate shade. All make excellent houseplants. Gardeners in the Tropical South can use them outdoors in containers, rock gardens, and borders.
silver dollar plant
- Shrubby, heavy-branched plant is very similar to jade plant (C.
- ovata), but it's smaller, grows more slowly, and has gray-green, red-edged, red-dotted leaves.
- Star-shaped summer flowers (usually seen only on old plants) are white aging to pink.
- Top-notch houseplant, large container plant anywhere; an excellent landscaping shrub in the Tropical South.
- Sometimes sold as Crassula portulacea.
- Plant has a stout trunk and sturdy limbs; stays small in container.
- Can reach 9 feet high, half as wide, but is usually smaller.
- Leaves are thick, oblong, fleshy pads 12 inches long, glossy green, sometimes with red-tinged edges.
- Crosbys Dwarf' is a low, compact grower; variegated kinds are 'Sunset' (yellow-tinged red) and 'Tricolor' (green, white, and pinkish).
- Gollum and 'Hobbit' have reddish, concave leaf tips.
- Clusters of pink, star-shaped flowers bloom in profusion, from fall into spring.
- Good near swimming pools.
crassula perfoliata falcata
- Grows to 4 feet high, 2 feet wide.
- Fleshy, gray-green, sickle-shaped, 4 inches leaves are vertically arranged in two rows on stems.
- Dense clusters of scarlet owers appear in late-summer.
- Interesting oddity grows 34 inches high and wide; flat, triangular, 1- to 5 inches-long leaves are closely packed in four rows to give plant a squarish cross section.
- Mat-forming, spreading plant to 4 inches tall, 1 feet wide, with slender, rich green leaves to 1 inches long.
- Clusters of small, dark rose or purplish flowers put on a show in winter and spring.
- Good choice for pots or rock gardens.
- Upright plants with treelike habit, 12 feet high and a little narrower.
- Narrow, 1 inches-long leaves.
- Inconspicuous white flowers.
- Widely used in dish gardens to suggest miniature pine trees.