Family: Crassulaceae and Genera: Crassula THIS PAGE UNDER CONSTRUCTION

The Crassulaceae family consists of many genera. These dicotyledons are widely distributed annuals, biennials and perennials. Some plants are more succulent in nature than others. Propagation is usually through cuttings at the leaf or stem level. The plants can be found in a wide variety of climates from warm to cool and dry to moist. The number of stamens is equal to the number of petals OR can be a multiple of them. The color and form of the plant and the flower varies as widely as their location. The Family Crassulaceae serves the horticulturist well in many applications, one exception being food production. There are nearly 30 genera (sub families) in this classification. Very common ones to CSSSN are Aeonium, Cotyledon, Crassula, Dudleye, Echeveria, Graptopetalum, Kalanchoe, Pachyphytum, Sedum, and Sempervivum.

The Genera Crassula contains somewhere between 250 and 300 species which originated primarily in southern and tropical Africa. Mediterranean like climates allow most to thrive. Generally speaking many of these plants will not take direct hot southwest Nevada sun, nor a freeze, but they do want at least quite bright light. During the hottest summer conditions, unless an outstanding microclimate exists, some of these plants seem to "cook" even if not in direct sun. Standard gritty well draining soil used for cactus works quite well with Crassula, with perhaps a bit more organic matter added. These plants show well in solitary containers or as mixed species dish garden. Florists sometimes use the foliage in cut flower arrangements.

A few photos accompany this page. Unless otherwise noted these photos came from uncopyrighted material by keyword image searching the internet. Additionally, the names are SUGGESTIONS! They are at least honest representations of the plant or one quite similar. From the far left moving across and down: C. falcatta credit note "MARG"; C. arborescense credit to: Jardín_Botánico,_Múnich,_Alemania_2012-04-21,_DD_03;and C. commutata.     

C. rupestris x commutata, C. rupestris x perforata, and C. mucosa;

 

 

 

 

The internet and facebook searches with key words produces untold numbers of images, vendors, nurseries, and blogs. FACT CHECK always. Nothing beats a good book, too. Try, "SUCCULENTS, THE ILLUSTRATED DICTIONARY, Maurizio Sajeva and Mariangela Costanzo, Timber Press. First paperback published 1997. Many reprints. (Hardback first published 1994).