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  Crassula perfossa CACTUSPEDIA       

 


Easy to flower and easy to grow, it is a favourite of many hobbyists. Produces pairs of attractive and interesting  grey leaves. This dwarf Crassula is an attractive plant that can be easily housed in a small place.
 


Description: Crassula perfossa is a small and compact matforming succulent shrublet that stays relatively low and clumps readily.
Stem:
Up to about 15 tall, erect, fleshy, later prostrate and woody.
Leaves: In pairs, Fused so that they appear to be like beads on a string. They are broadly ovate, keeled with short-pointed tip, at right angles to the stem, 1.5 to 2 cm. long , 9 to 13 mm wide and more or less velvety. Gray-green (covered with a light pruinose surface. These characters preserve moisture and protect from strong sunlight) with small whitish or pink dots on the margin.
Flowers: Produces an elonged  cyme, of very small, white sweet-scented flowers.
Blooming season: Flowers appear in every time of the year when conditions are appropriate, but they tend to be produced mainly during winter or early spring.
Remarks: In country homes one will find flower pots with the long, hanging branches on shelves or between windows. In the past years these plants have been gaining in popularity and a large number of hybrid and cultivars has been grown. There is also a nice cultivar with yellow-cream variegation which fades as the older foliage matures.

Cultivation:
Crassula perforata is a an easy to care popular succulent grown also as a suspended plant. It does well in light homes between the windows too. They will require a free draining and rich compost with adequate watering during the growing period and only light application of water so that the leaves do not shrivel unduly. Fairly drought tolerant elsewhere. Requires good light to keep the plants compact and encourage leaf colour and flowering. The pruinose stem coatings of the plants in our collection sometime is not so intense as those of the plants in their natural habitat but the difference in coating is thought due to the higher humidity and less intense sunlight of our climate. After growing for some time the stems tend to become untidy and pendulous  and should be cut very short or restarted from cuttings. Crassulas are sensitive to mealybugs.
The best temperature is 7 to 10 °C (but hardy to -5° C for short periods)

Propagation: It is propagated with ease from the short shoots which are potted into rich, porous soil where they quickly take root.

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Family: Crassulaceae

Scientific Name: Crassula perfossa Lamarck
In: Encycl. 2. 173., 1786

Common Names include: String of buttons, Necklace Vine

Origin:  South Africa.

Synonyms :

  • Crassula conjuncta N. E. Br.
    [Gard. Chron. ser. 3, 31:106. 1902]
  • Crassula perforata Thunb.
    [Nova Acta Phys.-Med. Acad. Caes. Leop.-Carol. Nat. Cur. 6:319, 338. 1778]
  • Crassula pearsonii Schönland
  • Crassula perfossa E.Mey. ex Harv.& Sond.
  • Crassula brevifolia Harv.


The flowers of Crassula perfossa are very tiny and give the impression that don’t open, but it is only an impression.



 

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