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Crassula - Ovata

Crassula - Ovata


Crassula ovata is a popular succulent shrub or small tree with branches that bear rounded shiny green leaves, often edged with red. It usually grows up to 8.2 feet (2.5 m) tall, with a single main stem or sparingly branched at the base. Branches are fleshy grey-green, becoming woody as they mature with scars of the fallen leaves and older bark peeling in horizontal brownish strips. The main stem grows up to 8 inches (20 cm) in diameter. Leaves are thick, fleshy, up to 3.6 inches (9 cm) long, up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) wide, and grow in opposite pairs along the branches.

Flowers are white or pink, star-shaped, up to 0.6 inches (1.5 cm) across, and appear in compact round-topped terminal clusters from mid-winter to early spring. Fruits are oval and about 0.2 inches (0.5 cm) long.


This succulent thrives in full sun and requires about 4 to 6 hours of daily sun exposure. It will survive in partial to medium shade but needs direct sunlight for flowering. If kept indoors, find a bright spot in your home.


One of the most important things when caring for C. ovata is ensuring it is properly watered. Although it is a succulent plant, it does need water. During the growing season, it does best when the soil is allowed to dry out between deep waterings. In summer, it requires little water and even less in winter when it is semi-dormant.


 C. ovata is a slow-growing plant and does not need much feeding. However, it will benefit from a small amount of organic fertilizer in mid-spring when it starts actively growing.



* Picture and information intended only as a guide. Size and colours of plants will vary, not any 1 plant is exactly the same and minor variations will occur.


** All plants will be posted bare rooted.

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