Crassula “Talisman”


No synonyms are recorded for this plant’s name.


Crassula “Talisman” is a nursery-produced hybrid, so it doesn’t exist in nature. Anyway, his “parents”, C. elegans and C. perfoliata var. falcata, are native to South Africa.


Crassula “Talisman” is a nursery hybrid created by Max Holmes from the pollen gathered from two species: Crassula perfoliata var. falcata and Crassula elegans. It looks like Crassula Coralita: in facts it is a small, compact shrub, 12 centimeters tall, with leaves arranged in opposite pairs on the stems.
Unlike in C. Coralita, in C. “Talisman” leaves are bright green with tinges of red, glabrous.
Flowers are small, pale pink with a red center, grouped in clusters held on an elongated stalk.
Blossoming period occurs in Autumn and Winter.


Crassula “Talisman” is not so difficult to grow if planted in a well-draining substrate.
Pay attention to watering: the main problems that may occur in growing this cultivar are related to overwatering and scarce ventilation. Water 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 needs a good airflow and plenty of light or partial shade. Try to protect it from the hottest hours in Summer afternoons: this plant does better if exposed to morning and evening sunlight. Anyway remember that sunlight is essential to enhance the red tinges of its leaves.
Crassula “Talisman” is perfect to be grown in a rocky garden in frost-free areas.


Propagating this plant is not so difficult. The best way is to use offsets, but either leaf cuttings are possible. This plant doesn’t produce fertile seeds, being a hybrid.


The name “Crassula” comes from the Latin “crassus”, which means fat.

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