Gerald L. Klingaman
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....
A variable evergreen succulent found over a wide area of southeastern Africa, this low-growing perennial produces rosettes of fleshy, oval to lance-shaped, green or gray-green leaves that often have red spots, margins, or suffusion. Sparsely branched stems crowded with four-ranked leaves emerge from the rosettes in spring or early summer. The stems may be upright or prostrate, and the leaves hairy or smooth. Spike-like clusters of small white pink-tinged flowers appear at the stem tips in summer...
A showy-leaved cultivar of a an evergreen succulent from southeastern Africa, this low-growing perennial produces rosettes of fleshy, narrowly oval, bright green leaves that turn orange and scarlet in hot dry weather. Lax, sparsely branched stems emerge from the rosettes in spring or early summer, bearing four-ranked leaves that decrease in size toward the stem tips. These leaves also turn brilliant colors as they mature. Spike-like clusters of small white pink-tinged flowers appear on short stalks...
(Klipblom, Red Crassula)
Colorful both in leaf and in flower, this succulent evergreen subshrub from coastal areas of South Africa has compact erect stems crowded with four rows of oval, pointed leaves. The leaves are often edged or tinged red. In summer and early fall, large flat clusters of starry, purplish-red flowers crown the stems. Flowers on some forms are pink or white.
This plant requires coarse porous soil, whether grown in gardens or containers. It prefers full sun, but requires partial shade in summer in...
(Grandfather's Watch Chain)
An excellent groundcover for frost-free gardens, this vigorously spreading, succulent, evergreen perennial is native to rocky terrain in eastern South Africa. Its sprawling stems root at the nodes, rapidly colonizing large areas. The rounded, dark green, pitted leaves are paired along the stems. They may become red-flushed in sun. Fallen leaves can root to form new plants. Branched heads of small starry pink flowers open from reddish buds in spring. After blooming, flower stalks may produce very...
(Watch Chain Plant)
This beautiful fine textured succulent has fine, elongated, procumbent stems lined with small, dense, fleshy, scale-like leaves that give it an almost moss-like appearance. South African in origin, it is adapted to high light and a very long dry season. This variety is larger than the species but is otherwise identical.
Overall, it has a spreading habit but its central stems are upright, while the peripheral stems tend to fall to the side—giving the plant a dense and tidy appearance. In cultivation...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Crosby's Dwarf Jade Plant, Jade Plant)
Crosby's dwarf jade plant has small, bright-green leaves red tinted edges. It makes a superb specimen plant for smaller garden spaces indoors or out.
Almost everyone knows the ever-popular jade plant. This South African succulent is a rubbery-stemmed evergreen shrub with fleshy bright green leaves that look outstanding year round. In late-winter or spring it produces a wealth of tiny, starry white or pinkish flowers borne in small clusters. It is best known as a popular house plant, which can...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Gollum Jade Plant, Jade Plant)
Unique among jade plants, 'Gollum' has tubular green leaves that become tinted red along their concave tips when weather becomes cooler. Small starry white or pinkish flowers provide additional ornament from spring to fall. Mature specimens are very compact, so this is a good choice for smaller containers and garden spaces.
Almost everyone knows the ever-popular jade plant. This South African succulent is a rubbery-stemmed evergreen shrub with fleshy bright green leaves that look outstanding...