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  Crassula falcata
(Syn: Crassula perfoliata var. falcata)
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The  dense head of small but very bright red flowers of Crassula falcata is an outstanding sight.
 

Description: make a lovely clump/low growing shrub, that usually grows up to 60 cm tall ( but some sources say 1.2 m of height)
Stem: Usually unbranched, succulent becoming woody in age,
Roots: Fibrous.
Leaves: Interesting glaucous grey-green arranged in overlapping pairs, leaves are propeller shaped (sickle shaped), decussate, ascending, becoming spreading, lanceolate, slightly falcate, smooth, upper face flat, channelled at the base, margins acute toward the apex, truncate lower down, lower face convex, tip recurved and acute, mucronate up to 10 cm long, 2-3 cm wide.
Flowers: Spectacular clusters of tiny bright orange-red or scarlet-red florets arranged in dense cymes, that rise above foliage. Flower heads grow 8 to 12 cm wide and are scented.
Blooming season: Flowers starts to develop in June and are in full bloom in August. The flowers open slowly and last for nearly a month when in full bloom.
 

It produces spectacular clusters of bright orange-red flowers arranged in dense cymes, flowers starts to develop in June and are in full bloom in August, Flower heads grow 8 to 12cm wide. Attractive and interesting when not in bloom but a show stopper when the bright red flowers emerge.

The flower smells like sweet cinnamon and usually lasts 6-8 weeks. 
Sometimes they bloom twice a year, and the bees really love the flowers too.
 


Photo by Pat (California, USA)


Produces pairs of attractive and interesting  sickle shaped grey-green leaves, but a show stopper when the bright red flowers emerge.

Family: Crassulaceae (Stonecrops)

Scientific Name: Crassula falcata H. Wendl.

Origin: South Africa from the Cape of Good Hope (Eastern Cape Province)

Synonyms:

  • Larochea falcata
  • Crassula falx
  • Crassula johannis-winkleri
  • Rochea falcata
  • Crassula perfoliata var. falcata
  • Crassula perfoliata var. miniata
  • Crassula obliqua
  • Crassula perfoliata var. falcata forma minor.

Common names: Propeller Plant, Scarlet Paintbrush, Airplane plant
 

 



Easy to flower and easy to grow, it is a favourite of many hobbyists. The flowers open slowly and last for nearly a month when in full bloom. Generally needs full sun part of the day to flower.



Cultivation:
Stunning as a container plant, in decorative pots, in courtyards and rockeries, and especially ideal for mass plantings and borders, where its dramatic foliage and spectacular flower heads are shown to their best effect. Needs well drained soil (standard cactus potting mix), keep moist all year, but reduce watering during winter month and apply a balanced liquid fertilizer during the summer months (June, July, August). It grows well in light shade to full sun, protected from frosts. Remove spent flower heads to maintain vigour and bushy habit.
After growing for several years tend to become untidy, and should be cut very short or restarted from cuttings.

Pests & Disease: Aphids, mealy bugs, powdery mildew, fungal leaf spot, stem and root rot if over watered.

Propagation:
Leaf or stem cuttings in spring or summer.

 


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