This tender succulent subshrub is beloved for its striking foliage and form. It is a robust native of eastern South Africa, where summers are moist and winters dry. Fleshy, upright, knee-high to waist-high stems are furnished with long, sickle-shaped, silver-gray leaves that resemble oversized snow pea pods. The leaves stand at right angles to the stem, clasping it at their bases, and are twisted propeller-fashion. One of the showiest crassulas in bloom, this plant bears large flat or slightly domed...
Closely paired on fleshy stems, the clasping, stubby, triangular leaves of this perennial succulent from southeastern Africa resemble a string of beads. The thick, succulent, evergreen leaves are downy and coated with a silvery bloom. Their margins turn red in sun and heat. The short upright stems become pendulous as they age and lengthen. Long cylindrical clusters of small yellowish white flowers are borne on red stalks in late winter and spring, and sporadically at other seasons. The fragrant blooms...
(Trailing Pubescent Pygmyweed)
Grown for its attractive fleshy foliage, this evergreen succulent from South Africa makes an excellent plant for containers and frost free rock gardens. The prostrate stems of this shrubby perennial root at the nodes to form carpets of bright green oval leaves that become red-tinted in sun. Upright stems topped with rounded clusters of small white flowers appear in winter and spring, and sporadically at other times of year.
Like most succulents, this plant requires fast drainage, whether grown...
(Bead Vine, Crassula, Rosary Vine)
Noted for their handsome, succulent, paired leaves, which are often arranged in striking geometric patterns, the 200 or so annuals, perennials, and small shrubs in the genus Crassula are mostly endemic to southern Africa.
Plants in this remarkably diverse genus have fleshy leaves and stems rich in specialized water holding cells that grant exceptional drought resistance. Plant habit ranges from creeping to upright. Most crassulas grown today are small species suitable for containers....
Related to jade plant but resembling a moss, this succulent evergreen perennial from Africa and Asia has low prostrate to ascending stems crowded with tiny scale-like leaves. Stems become woody with age. The bright green foliage may take on copper-brown tints in hot dry conditions. Inconspicuous white flowers are borne in the leaf axils in late summer and early fall.
Like most succulents, this plant prefers porous granular soil whether grown in a pot or a frost free rock garden. Avoid watering...
Related to jade plant but resembling a moss, this succulent evergreen perennial from East Africa has low prostrate to ascending stems crowded with tiny scale-like leaves. Stems become woody with age. The bright green foliage may take on copper-brown tints in hot dry conditions. Inconspicuous white flowers are borne in the leaf axils in late summer and early fall.
Like most succulents, this plant prefers porous granular soil whether grown in a pot or a frost free rock garden. Avoid watering until...
The fleshy evergreen leaves of this South African native occur in tight thumb-sized rosettes that offset to form large dense colonies. The oval, round-bottomed, bright green leaves are arranged in four ranks. They may flush red in sunny, hot conditions. In spring heads of small white flowers are borne clear of the rosettes on short stalks.
Like most succulents, this plant requires fast drainage, whether grown in gardens or containers. It prefers full sun, although requires light shade in hot...
James H. Schutte
The narrow, almost needle-like foliage and sparsely branched, shrubby, tree-like habit of this South African native have caused it to be misleadingly dubbed "miniature pine." In fact, it's an evergreen succulent closely related to jade plant (Crassula ovata). The apple-green, awl-shaped leaves occur in well-spaced pairs along fleshy upright stems that can reach waist height. Dense clusters of small creamy-white flowers appear at the branch tips in spring and summer. Butterflies and hummingbirds...