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Fairy Crassula

Crassula multicava

A versatile low growing garden plant that is easy to grow and enjoys shady conditions. Has oval shiny green succulent leaves and petite white to pink star shaped flowers clustered on top of a stalk that extends higher than the leaves. Flowering end of winter and into spring. Multiplies easily and is good in mass planting.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring
Fruiting time
Spring

Propagation

Seed
Sowing shallow in sandy soil during Autumn. The germination time is less than 1 month.
Cuttings
Take a softwood cutting with few nodes, remove the bottom leaves and replant.
Layering
Wherever a stem touches soil, it makes new roots and can be removed from the parent plant to be replanted.

Special features

Geography

Origin
South Africa, Northern Cape
Natural climate
Forest margins and stream banks of dry areas

Environment

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

Uses

Medicinal
In traditional medicine it is used as a protective charm against lightening.
Notes
Easy growing shade plant. Used in traditional medicine.

Personality

Family
Crassulaceae
Flower colour
White to pink, sometimes with maroon stalks
Scent
None

Problems

Slugs and snails love the succulent leaves!

Companion plants

Portulacaria affra var. prostrata, Plectranthus saccatus var. saccatus, P. ciliatus, Asparagus krausiana, Crassula spathulata, Impatients hochstetteri, Begonia sonderiana, B. dregei and B. sutherlandii

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