Crassula “Fernwood”


No synonyms are recorded for this species name.


Crassula “Fernwood” is a nursery-produced hybrid and doesn’t exist in nature.


Crassula “Fernwood” is a nursery-produced hybrid, obtained by Rogers Weld by crossing a Crassula susannae with a Crassula comptonii (C. namaquensis ssp. comptonii). It’s a tiny compact succulent formed by many overla pping rosettes of concave, triangular, green to purplish leaves, with the upper part covered by a whitish pruine of waxy materials. This plan is very small and never exceeds 10-15 centimeters in height. The inflorescence is a compact thyrse supported by an elongated reddish-purplish peduncle that overhangs the rest of the plant. Flower buds are yellow, sessile, tubular, really tiny, and when they open they turn out to be white. A peculiar feature of this plant is that the inflorescences can also be sessile, namely not provided of a peduncle and not grouped in thyrses. This may depend on growing conditions: if the plant is kept in conditions of drought, inflorescences will be sessile, otherwise they will be provided of a peduncle. Blossoming period occurs in December.


Crassula “Fernwood”, as other Crassulas, is not so difficult to cultivate. It requires a well-draining, sandy substrate and a sunny spot. Water it moderately during Spring and Summer and reduce the number of interventions in Winter, keeping the soil dry. Dry conditions and exposure to sunlight will intensify the purple tinges. Temperatures should not descend below 5ºC.


Propagation is made through stems and leaves cuttings.


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