Jade Plant and Silver Jade Plant – Crassula argentea and C. arborescens

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Jade Plant and Silver Jade Plant – Crassula argentea and C. arborescens

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.

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Family Roots:
  • Member of the Crassulaceae (orpine) family.
  • Native of Africa.
  • Common relatives include air plant, hens-and-chickens and sedum.
Personality:
  • 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.
Storage Specifics:

While it “looks” like it should be chill sensitive, this species can grow outside in climates such as found in central Ohio.

Tidbits:
  • 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.