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Cactus Succulent

Crassula barklyi
  • RHS AGM

rattlesnake crassula

A dwarf evergreen succulent to 10cm tall, producing stems of tightly overlapping leaves; these turn slightly reddish when grown in good light. Tiny white flowers may be produced in winter

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Size
Ultimate height
Up to 10cm
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Green
Autumn Green
Winter White Green
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

East–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H2
Botanical details
Family
Crassulaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Clump forming
Genus

Crassula can be succulent annuals, perennials, evergreen shrubs or sub-shrubs, with fleshy leaves and small, star-shaped or funnel-shaped flowers in a terminal cluster

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Namaqualand (source: The Timber Press Guide to Succulent Plants of the World, 2011)

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in pots of cactus compost in full light. Water moderately and apply a balanced liquid fertiliser monthly during the growing season; water sparingly in winter. See houseplant cacti and succulent cultivation for further information

Propagation

Propagate by sowing seed at 15°C in early spring, or stem or leaf cuttings in spring and summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Low Maintenance
  • Conservatory and greenhouse
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be susceptible to mealybugs, vine weevil and aphids

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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