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Fairy Crassula

Crassula multicava

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Fairy Crassula (Crassula multicava) at Canadale Nurseries

Fairy Crassula foliage

Fairy Crassula foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Fairy Crassula (Crassula multicava) at Canadale Nurseries

Fairy Crassula

Fairy Crassula

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  6 inches

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  8b

Description:

A prostrate, spreading variety with rounded leaves that are darker green in shade; very drought-tolerant and does well in poor soils; clusters of white flowers from pink buds spray over leaves in winter; an excellent choice for containers and rock gardens

Ornamental Features

Fairy Crassula features showy clusters of white star-shaped flowers at the ends of the stems in late winter, which emerge from distinctive pink flower buds. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive succulent round leaves remain dark green in color throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Fairy Crassula is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant. Trim off the flower heads after they fade and die to encourage more blooms late into the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Fairy Crassula is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Fairy Crassula will grow to be only 6 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 15 years.

This plant performs well in both full sun and full shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in poor soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is not originally from North America, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets. It can be propagated by division.

Fairy Crassula is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, this plant may be too tender to survive the winter if left outdoors in a container. Contact our store for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Garden  Groundcover  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features