Crassula perfossa

Synonyms:

This name is actually a synonym of the name “Crassula perforata”. Crassula perforata has also many other synonyms:

Crassula anthurus
Crassula conjuncta
Crassula connata
Crassula coronata
Crassula nealeana
Crassula patersoniae
Crassula perfilata
Crassula punctata
Sedum perfossum

Habitat:

Crassula perfossa is native to South Africa.

Description:

Crassula perfossa, also called “Necklace Vine” or “String of Buttons”, is matforming, little succulent that remains small, more or less 15 centimeters tall. Its short stems are erect when young: when elder, they bend downwards and lignify, giving the small bush a prostrate appearance. Leaves grow in fused pairs, are greyish-green with hints of pink or red, slightly pointed and covered in a light pruine. Inflorescences grow upon an elongated peduncle and they carry vary small,white, scented, arranged in kind of “floors” of flowers. This peculiar arrangement is different from any other Crassula and makes the inflorescence resemble a nice “condominium of flowers”. Blossoming time occurs in Winter-early Spring, but actually if the plant is healthy, it can form flowers in any time of the year.

Cultivation:

Crassula perfossa is not so difficult to grow. That’s because it’s a really harsh plant: it will grow almost everywhere! Even if you are not a really good gardener, it will resist. Pay attention to watering: interventions should be moderate and frequent in Spring and Summer but reduced and scarce in Winter, to prevent it from root and stem rot. This plant will do well in a bright spot or either in a partially-shaded one. Actually, to enhance the red or pinkish tinges of its leaves, a bright spot it’s recommended. This is also to enhance the production of the pruine of its leaves, that it’s reduced in our climates because of the higher humidity and less strong sunlight. It’s better to keep it indoors to avoid frost damages: temperatures below 5ÂșC could damage the plant. This is a safety measure: actually, C. perfossa is a really resistant plant and it can bear short frosts, if kept dry during the cold season. Anyway, why risk it?
This species needs a good airflow.
Its ideal substrate is a porous potting mix, very well-draining. Choose a shallow, but large pot to provide the best condition for its fibrous roots and to make it expand horizontally.

Propagation:

Crassula perfossa can be propagated by simply replanting one of its numerous shoots in a well-drained substrate.

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