Jade Plant and Silver Jade Plant

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Jade Plant and Silver Jade Plant
Common Name: Jade Plant and Silver Jade Plant
Botanical Name: Crassula argentea and C. arborescens (KRAS-u-la ar-JEN-tee-a)
Decorative Life: Years.
Post Harvest Care:
  • This species is generally very easy to care for as it can survive for years under a variety of interior conditions. It is not sensitive to high chlorine levels that can be found in water.
Family Roots:
  • Member of the Crassulaceae (orpine) family.
  • Native of Africa.
  • Common relatives include air plant, hens-and-chickens and sedum.
  • Plant is classed as a dicotyledon, leaves not parallel veined.
  • Leaves are thick, fleshy, oblong up to 2 inches long. A good example of succulent plants which store water in fleshy leaves.
  • Stems thick, sturdy, small flowers are star-like in terminal clusters.
  • Flowers are not fragrant.
Availability: Year-round.
Flower Color: White, pink.
Storage Specifics: While it "looks" like it should be chill sensitive, this species can grow outside in climates such as found in central Ohio.
  • Crassula: Latin diminutive of "crassus" meaning thick, in reference to the leaves.
  • Many members of this family are noted for their dense and compact growth. For example, Sempervivum tectorum has a common name of roof houseleek because it can be grown on roofs and acts as shingles. Another possibly more common name for this species is hen-and-chickens.
  • Leaves are often with red tinged margins, variegated forms available.
  • Will generally grow well in light levels bright enough to read a newspaper in comfort but higher levels can be beneficial.