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CRASSULA muscosa

Image of Crassula muscosa

Forest & Kim Starr

Family

Crassulaceae

Botanical Name

CRASSULA muscosa

Plant Common Name

Watch Chain Plant

General Description

The common name of this beautiful fine textured succulent from South Africa refers to its moss-like appearance. Its lax stems give rise to ascending branchlets that are hidden under tiny overlapping scale-like leaves. The vivid bright green foliage takes on bronze tints in hot dry conditions. Inconspicuous yellow-green flowers appear between the leaves in summer and at other seasons after watering. Pruning back flower stems will stimulate increased vegetative growth.

Like most succulents, this plant prefers porous granular soil whether grown in a pot or a frost free rock garden. Avoid watering until soil is thoroughly dry, particularly if drainage is less than perfect. Succulent aficionados use this plant to provide fine-textured contrast to the large fleshy leaves of other succulents.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    11 - 12

  • Sunset Zone

    8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Cactus or Succulent

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Southern Africa

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Xeric/Desert, Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Spreading

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    White, Pink, Magenta

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bog Garden, Container, Rock Garden / Wall, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No