Crassula (species unknown 2) Can you help?

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Botanical Name
Crassula (species unknown 2) Can you help?
Crassulaceae - The crassula family.
Common Name(s)
English: Crassula
Plant Group
  • Succulent A plant having fleshy stems or leaves often adapted to dry conditions.
Plant Size
  • Small
    Tree4m to 8m
    Shrub50cm to 75cm
    Perennial/ground cover10cm to 20cm
    Bulb20cm to 30cm
    Succulent10cm to 20cm
  • Canopy Shade Canopy shade is found below closely grown trees where some light filters through. Ideal for the protection of herbaceous plants.
  • Dry Shade Shady areas where soil has poor water retention or are dependent on rain for their moisture needs.
  • Light or Dappled Shade Found below trees with sparse, open foliage. Ideal for the protection of herbaceous plants.
  • Partial Shade The area is in shade for part of the day and in full sun for part of the day.
General Information
  • Drought Tolerance: High The plant is well adapted to arid conditions; it can survive long periods of drought and high temperatures without extra water.
  • Evergreen Plants that have leaves all year round.
  • Frost: Half-hardy The plant is able to survive low temperatures and some frost but requires protection against severe frost.
  • Water Wise Plant species originating from low rainfall regions that require less water to survive and thrive than other plant species.
Specific Information

Leaves packed attractively in alternate pairs. This plant grows wild around Bathurst, usually in long grass or in light shade of nearby shrubs.

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tiny, star-shaped flowers spread out along stout stems

  • Summer to Autumn Plants will seldom bloom for the entire season as given in the list, but should flower during a period within these parameters.
  • cream
Growth Rate
  • Moderate Specifying growth rate can be very misleading as there is considerable variation of growth rate depending on type and species of plant, available water, supplementary feeding, mulching and general care, as well as the plants suitability and adaptability to the garden environment.
Plant Uses
  • Container Trees, shrubs and ornamental species that can adapt to growing in a restricted environment.
  • Filler Either a fast growing tree or shrub used temporarily to fill in an area while the permanent plants grow to a desired size, or a plant used to fill gaps in borders or beds.
  • Rock Garden An area constructed of larger rocks, arranged naturally, to emphasise the use of stones as a main element. Generally plants used do not need a lot of care.
  • Wild Garden An indigenous garden planted for the benefit of wildlife and birds. Provides food, water, a variety of mini-biomes and no poisonous chemicals are used.
Distribution and Habitat

Eastern Cape

Planting Suggestions

This crassula grows best if left alone. Do not over-water or pamper as it will grow straggly. Plant in well-drained sandy soil with a little compost and mulch lightly. Water when dry for two or three weeks if necessary, after which it should be left to the elements.

Medicinal Uses


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Hullo Lorraine
The crassula you ask about is the Crassula spathulata. It bears small white flowers on +- 20cm stems. From those in my garden it seems to be early summer.
Grows in grasslands and seems to be very tough. Fast growers when watered.Seen in the Coega veld.

Hi Gerda

Thanks for your comment. I am still not too sure though. I re-checked my references and I have added Crassula spathulata to the website as a comparison - go to

You will see that it is quite different to the one above, being a creeping ground cover rather than a self-standing plant. Perhaps you can refer me to your source so that I can investigate further?

Kind regards

Hi Lorraine. I have seen this plant on the side of the farm road just south of Cradock. Perhaps someone in the area will know more about it.
Kind regards

Hi Dawn
Thanks for your comment. Hopefully someone will solve this puzzle. I have about 6 other crassulas I have not been able to identify. It is so frustrating!

Kind regards

according the flower it must be an extreem form of Crassula capitella. its the only one of this tipe with leaves on the flowerstam..

Hi Cok

It is most likely. I see it is very similar to Crassula capitella subsp. nodulosa, but this subspecies is only found about 500 km away from where I have found it growing in the wild.

Thanks for your help with this identification - I will follow it up.

Kind regards

So far I know, this is a specie not named yet ,, not known yet ..send my friend a photo..

Thank you, I will do so.

I have been looking for a name for this species for over 8 years but have found nothing definitive.

Kind regards

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