Propeller Plant (Crassula perfoliata var. minor) in the Crassulas Database

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Crassula perfoliata var. minor Accepted
Crassula falcata Synonym
Crassula perfoliata var. falcata Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 2-3 feet
Plant Spread: 1-3 feet
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Red
Flower Time: Summer
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots


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Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Nov 22, 2017 3:02 PM

The preponderance of young plants in the images for this plant reflects its lifestyle and the risk posed by flowering in such profuse red abundance that aphids and other insects move in for the kill. Also: do not overwater.

This succulent grows year round in mild climates but pauses to flower in the summer. The flowers are terminal, meaning stem growth pauses until after flowering, when new branches sprout at the base of the inflorescence and the cycle continues. After a year or two (if there are natural predators around to keep the bugs away) the plant starts growing sideways and branching annually as it goes. After a few years it starts to look a little ratty as the lower leaves die and it becomes more creeper than propeller.

By ablating the growth center of a young plant, you can force it to branch in profusion, and have a nice set of cuttings later to grow on.

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