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Crassula coccinea

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Features

  • BloomsAugust to September
  • Height0.4m to 0.7m
  • Spread0.3m to 0.5m
  • Growth HabitBranched clump
  • Flower ColourBright red, white
  • Leaf ColourDull red green

Description

Crassula coccinea. A succulent perennial from the mountains of South Africa’s western Cape Province. Is grown mainly for its showy flowers to 60 cm high which branch from the base into several stems with crowded short green leaves, that are sometimes tinged red. In late summer bears profuse tubular, deep red flowers in dense, rounded panicles.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Succulent or Cactus

Origin

South Africa, Cape Province.

Interest and use

Flowers, rock garden

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • Soil pH5.0 to 6.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

Does best in a warm, dry spot in a rock garden with perfect drainage. Prune back stems to just above the base in late winter.

Propagation

Propagate from stem or leaf cuttings, or from seed.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Mealy bugs, vine weevils and aphids may be problematic.

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