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.
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.
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