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Fragile Crassula

Crassula expansa subsp. expansa

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The Crassula expansa is a small, green, succulent shrub with oval leaves and white flowers enjoyed by many in their tropical or rooftop gardens. Easy to grow where few other plants will grow, these plants make valuable ground covers and can also be used for erosion control. Not only an ornamental plant, the Fragile Crassula attracts a variety of insects and wildlife to your garden.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

To harvest leaves, detach a leaf from an established plant by pulling or bending and place in sandy soil. Eat the roots fresh.

Propagation

Cuttings
Take leaf cuttings and plant this directly into the soil. Handle the cuttings with care as they are brittle and easily break apart.
Layering
Stems touching the soil quickly send roots out. Replant new little plants.

Special features

Drought resistant
Relatively drought tolerant once well-established.
Pot plant
Grows really well in a container, given sufficient drainage holes.
Attracts useful insects
Insects such as honeybees and butterflies.
Indoor plant
Can be kept inside given sufficient sunlight, and drainage.

Geography

Origin
South Africa
Natural climate
Subtropical

Environment

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

Uses

Edible
The khoi eat the roots.

Personality

Family
Crassulaceae
Flower colour
white
Scent
None

Problems

Pests include mealybugs, snout weevil and aphid. Diseases include rust and black or brown rot.

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