Crassula perforata ‘Penhoek Pass’


No synonyms are recorded for this species name.


Crassula perforata ‘Penhoek Pass’ is a nursery cultivar and thus doesn’t exist in nature. However, Crassula perforata, the regular species, is native to South Africa.


Crassula perforata ‘Penhoek Pass’ is a small succulent plant, forming peculiar rosettes of triangular-shaped leaves. It is a nursery-produced cultivar of the wild species “Crassula perforata”, selected for the bigger leaves, arranged in opposite pairs and resulting in a 4-angled stem. The main peculiarity of this cultivar, that makes it so sought after among collectors, is that the leaves form perfectly lined up vertical ranks, regular and tidy. The inflorescence of this cultivar are called “thyrses”. A thyrse, in botany, is a type of inflorescence in which a compact panicle with an obscured main axis and cymose subaxes, not very compact and developing in “layers” on an elongated peduncle, rather speced one another. Flower stalks are usually purplish-brown and flowers are tubular, bright yellow, with petals fused together at their base and brown anthers (the anthers are the male part of the flowers).


Crassula perforata ‘Penhoek Pass’ is not difficult to cultivate. Here below are our tips:

Put it in a bright spot. Full shade is not good either for rooting capacity and for rot sensitivity. Avoid a direct exposure during the hottest hours of summer days. Shade should be only occasional, as plants grown in full shade tend to become more fragile, to loose leaves and to etiolate.
In theory, Crassula perforata “Penhoek Pass” should survive to temperatures down to -5ºC. To stay safe, though, we advise to place it indoors in Winter.
Keep it dryer than other Crassula. It should be a Winter grower because, in its natural habitat, Summer is too dry and vegetative growth is not possible. At the same time, though, its native climate is so dry that ut will grow all year round, if some water is provided (around once a week, more frequently during the hot season). Always wait for the soil to dry up completely before each irrigation.
Choose a porous and well drained substrate, fed with plenty of mineral matter. A substrate specific for succulents is the ideal for Crassula perforata “Penhoek Pass”.
Fertilization can be done once the growth season, diluting a product specific for succulents with water at half the doses recommended on the label.
Repot once a year to provided freash soil.


Crassula perforata ‘Penhoek Pass’ can be easily propagated through the removal of the offshoots, by removing a lateral one and planting it in a light, well-drained soil. The time required to root is usually a month. Cuttings are easy to realize and thus we recommend this method. Leaf cuttings are also possible for this species, removing them carefully as they are attached to the plant through their very base, and replanting in a light compost after being left to dry out properly for 1-2 days.


“Crassula”, in latin, means “fat plant”: this name refers to the succulent leaves typical of this genus.

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